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The article that sealed the General’s fate

June 23, 2010

from Rolling Stone magazine.

Obama fires Gen.McChrystal and appoints Gen.Petraeus to command Af-Pak forces.


The top US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, has been dismissed by President Barack Obama over comments made in a magazine.

He will be replaced by Gen David Petraeus, who led the “surge” in Iraq. Mr Obama insisted it was “a change in personnel but not a change in policy”.

In a statement, Gen McChrystal said he was leaving because of a “desire to see the mission succeed”.

He agreed that his statements in Rolling Stone showed “poor judgement”.

The announcement that Gen McChrystal was standing down came after he had met Mr Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

Mr Obama said he had made the decision as Gen McChrystal had failed to “meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general”.

He insisted: “I don’t make this decision based on any difference in policy with General McChrystal, nor on any personal insult.”

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