KONTAKT   I   REKLAMA   I   O NAS   I   NEWSLETTER   I   PRENUMERATA
Wtorek, 27 lutego, 2024   I   06:58:13 PM EST   I   Gabrieli, Liwii, Leonarda
  1. Home
  2. >
  3. NEWS
  4. >
  5. USA

Charlie Wilson, US champion of Afghans against Soviets dies

February 11, 2010

Charlie Wilson, a former US lawmaker who championed covert CIA support for Afghan fighters battling Soviet troops in the 1980s, died of a heart attack Wednesday at the age of 76, the hospital said. 

Wilson, sometimes dubbed "Goodtime Charlie" because of his hard-partying ways, succumbed to a heart attack at 12:16 pm (1816 GMT), said Memorial Health System of East Texas spokeswoman Yana Ogletree.

The Texas Democrat, who sat on a key House subcommittee, spearheaded vast funding increases for CIA efforts to help Afghan mujahedeen fighting Soviet occupation forces after the 1979 invasion.

A movie adaptation of a book chronicling his efforts starred Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks as Wilson and Julia Roberts as the Houston socialite Joanne Herring who helped him win support for the ambitious secret war.

© Copyright AFP Agence France-Presse GmbH - All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed. All reproduction or redistribution is expressly forbidden without the prior written agreement of AFP.