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Sheik Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Age: 79

emir of Kuwait who led the country during Iraq's occupation in 1990. He guided the country back to stability after the invasion by shrewdly forming an alliance with the United States and reserving billions of dollars of the country's oil revenues.

Died: Kuwait City, Jan. 15, 2006

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