Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Has Passed Away

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Wilson, at a speech in Washington D.C., in 2008. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Charlie Wilson, the former Texas congressman who aided Afghanistan’s resistance to the Soviet Union, died today of cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 76. Wilson’s support of the Mujahideen after Afghanistan was invaded in 1980 was recently depicted in the 2003 book Charlie Wilson’s War and then in a 2007 movie of the same name, in which Wilson was played by Tom Hanks. [NYT]