Official: US to replace top general in Afghanistan

May 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Pentagon is replacing its top general in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama tries to turn around a stalemated war. The Associated Press has learned that Gen. David McKiernan will step down. Military officials who spoke on condition of anonymity say he will be replaced by Gen. Stanley McCrystal. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

A U.S. defense official said Defense Secretary Robert Gates was likely to announce the new leadership in Afghanistan later Monday.

McKiernan arrived in Afghanistan about a year ago and has been asking for additional troops as the Taliban insurgency worsened.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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