President Obama released statement on death of Fidel Castro

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Germany is the last European stop of Obama’s final tour abroad as U.S. president. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Germany is the last European stop of Obama’s final tour abroad as U.S. president. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(ASSOCIATED PRESS/KRON) — President Obama released a statement on death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro, extending friendship to the people of Cuba.

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Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century rule.

Current Cuban President Raul Castro made the announcement about the death of his brother on Friday.

He was 90 years old.

Castro’s reign over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida was marked by the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The bearded revolutionary, who survived a crippling U.S. trade embargo as well as dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots, died eight years after ill health forced him to formally hand power over to his younger brother Raul.

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