Hmong leader Vang Pao "an iconic figure"

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Vang Pao, the former general and leader of the Hmong ethnic group in Laos, has died in exile in the US, aged 81.

He led a CIA-sponsored secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War and, when it was lost, led many of his people into exile.

Michael Williams, writer on Southeast Asia and a member of the British House of Lords, told BBC World Service he was an "iconic figure".

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