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U.S. general in Afghanistan at risk of losing his job

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Us_general Update: President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying that his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermine civilian control of the military and erode the needed trust on the president's war team. Obama named McChrystal's direct boss - Gen. David Petraeus - to take over the troubled 9-year-old war in Afghanistan.

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President Barack Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" Tuesday and considered whether to fire him in the most extraordinary airing of military-civilian tensions since Harry Truman stripped Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command a half-century ago.

President Barack Obama summoned Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Washington after a magazine article portrayed McChrystal and his staff as openly contemptuous of some senior members of the Obama administration. The article, “The Runaway General,” is now on Rolling Stone’s Web site.


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