Hmong leader Vang Pao "an iconic figure"


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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