Manuel Noriega, Ousted Panamanian Dictator, Dies at 83

Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian dictator whose brutal six-year reign was ended by a U.S. invasion, died Monday in Panama City.

Panamanian dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega salutes troops at an undisclosed location in Panama in 1985.By 1983, Noriega had promoted himself to the rank of general and was the de facto ruler of Panama while still on the CIA payroll.


Noriega talks with supporters upon his arrival in the small remote city of David, about 215 miles from the capital, Panama City on June 14, 1987.RelatedManuel Noriega, Ousted Panamanian Dictator, Is Dead at 83

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Noriega acknowledges a cheering crowd at a Solidarity With Panama conference in Panama City on March 30, 1988. He reaffirmed he had no intention of stepping aside for what he called an imperialist plot against Panama. 

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Noriega reaches down to shake hands during a birthday party held by government officials and party workers in Panama City on Feb. 12, 1988.

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Noriega talks to reporters in Panama City on Nov. 8, 1989.


A U.S. military helicopter flies over a burning building near the Pacific Defense Headquarters in Panama City on Dec. 20, 1989. Noriega's headquarters, behind the residential high-rise in the foreground, was one of the first targets.

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Children stand next to U.S. troops in Panama City in December 1989 after President George H.W. Bush ordered in the troops on Dec. 20.

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U.S. Army armored vehicles form a blockade on Panama City's Balboa Avenue, leading towards the Vatican Embassy on Dec. 27, 1989 where Noriega had sought refuge. A crowd of anti-Noriega demonstrators gather around the tanks.

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents help Noriega into a C-130 transport plane en route from Panama City to Miami on Jan. 4, 1990. Noriega surrendered to U.S. authorities and faced drug trafficking charges in Miami.

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A handout made available by U.S. Marshall shows Noriega on. Jan. 4, 1990.By Jan. 31, 1990, Operation Just Cause was over and Noriega was in custody.

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Noriega arrives to his daughter's house in Panama City to begin three months of house arrest on Jan. 28, 2017.


Noriega waves to members of the media after a state council meeting at the presidential palace in Panama City, where the new president was announced Aug. 31, 1989.

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