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May 11th, 2009

U.S. Replaces Commander in Afghanistan

Gen. David McKiernan, left, in Washington in October. Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, right, in Washington in 2003. Gen. David McKiernan is out as the Defense Department implements a new strategy for Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former head of Joint Special Operations Command, will be nominated to replace McKiernan. Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, Gates’ top military adviser, will be named as deputy commander, a new position.

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