AP Photos: Ariel Sharon from soldier to statesman


FILE - In this Tuesday Aug. 10, 2004 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visits the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The 85-year-old Sharon had been in a coma since a debilitating stroke eight years ago. (AP Photo/Heidi Levine, Pool, File) | Zoom

(AP) - Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at 85, fought in most of Israel's wars, gained a reputation as an adroit soldier and was the godfather of Israel's massive settlement campaign in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But his life was one of surprises, none bigger than his election as prime minister in his twilight years, when he spent his first term crushing a Palestinian uprising and his second withdrawing from Gaza. Here are some photos from those years.


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