Monday, May 11, 2009

AP: US fires top general in Afghanistan as war worsens

FOB AIRBORNE, AFGHANISTAN - MAY 8: (FILE PHOTO) U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and U.S. Army General David McKiernan, the top U.S. and NATO Commander in Afghanistan (R) listen to Afghan governors and local officials during their visit to Forward Operating Base Airborne May 8, 2009 in the mountains of Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Gates has decided to replace McKiernan less than a year after he took over the war effort in Afghanistan according to officials on May 11. (Getty/Daylife)

This undated US Army handout photo shows General David Rodriguez. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to replace the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, in a shake-up of the US military mission, a Pentagon official said on May 11, 2009. McChrystal is a three-star general and would likely be promoted to a four-star rank before taking over the post, the official said. The defense secretary planned to bolster the US mission in Afghanistan with another senior officer, General David Rodriguez, who would serve under McChrystal, the official said. (Getty/Daylife)

FILE - In this April 2, 2003 file photo, then-Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal takes part in a briefing at the Pentagon. McChrystal will replace Gen. David McKiernan as the top general in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama tries to turn around a stalemated war, defense officials said. (AP/Getty)

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