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Former Israeli PM and military commander Ariel Sharon dead at 85

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Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon smiles during a meeting with army and police forces at an army base near Jerusalem in this file picture taken January 5, 2005. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Files

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gestures at the end of his Likud Party's women conference in Tel Aviv in this March 10, 2005 file photo.

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Israel's Agricultural Minister Ariel Sharon (3rd R) shakes hands with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in the northern city of Haifa in this handout file picture taken September 4, 1979 and and obtained by Reuters from the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). REUTERS/Yaacov Saar/GPO/Handout/Files

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Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli Primer Minister Ariel Sharon, announces the death of his father to the media at the Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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Israel's Defence Minister Ariel Sharon (L) inspects an honour guard during a visit to the central command military base in this handout file picture taken October 30, 1981 and released by Israel's Defence Ministry. REUTERS/Israeli Defence Ministry/Handout/Files

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Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon laughs as his wife Lily stands at his side during an aerial display in an Israeli Air Force Base in this July 15, 1982 file handout picture released by the Government Press Office. REUTERS/Baruch Rimon/Government Press Office/Handout/Files

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Ariel Sharon (L) sits with his wife Lily (3rdL) and his sons, Gilad (2ndL) and Omri (4thL) during an event to launch his new political party, Shlomzion, in the West Bank in this picture taken in 1977. REUTERS/Dudu Grunshpan

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Israeli Major General in the reserves Ariel Sharon (R), his head bandaged after an injury, stands with Moshe Dayan (L) on the western side of the Suez Canal in this October 1973 file photo released by Israel's Defence Ministry. Ariel Sharon has passed away on January 11, 2014 at the age of 85. REUTERS/Handout/Israel's Defence Ministry/Files

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Israeli Major General in the Reserves Ariel Sharon communicates on the western side of the Suez Canal during the 1973 Middle East War in this October 1973 file photo released by Israel's Defence Ministry. Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11, 2014 at the age of 85. REUTERS/Handout/Israel's Defence Ministry/Files

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Handout picture of Ariel Sharon (2nd L) watching soldiers drive past in the Sinai Peninsula during the 1956 war with Egypt in this picture taken October 30, 1956 and released by Israel's Defence Ministry. REUTERS/Israel's Defence Ministry/Handout

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Ariel Sharon writes a letter in the Sinai Peninsula during the 1956 war with Egypt in this handout file picture taken October 30, 1956 and released by Israel's Defence Ministry. REUTERS/Israeli Defense Ministry/Handout/Files

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Ariel Sharon (L) sits with fellow soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula during the 1956 war with Egypt in this handout file picture taken October 30, 1956 and released by Israel's Defence Ministry. REUTERS/Israel's Defence Ministry/Handout/Files

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Ariel Sharon (2nd L) stands with Moshe Dayan (3rd L) and other military commanders in this handout file picture taken October 28, 1955 and released by Israel's Defence Ministry. REUTERS/Israel's Defence Ministry/Handout/Files

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Ariel Sharon (L) stands with Moshe Dayan (2nd R) during a military operation in this handout file picture taken September 11, 1956 and released by Israel's Defence Ministry. REUTERS/Israel's Defense Ministry/Handout/Files

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