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Obama ousts top U.S. general in Afghanistan

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Gates on the resignation request

AP Video - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 3:21 EDT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday that he asked for the resignation of Gen. David McKiernan, the top general in Afghanistan. Mr. Gates has nominated Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to replace Gen. McKiernan.

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

WASHINGTON — America's top general in Afghanistan was ousted Monday, a casualty of President Barack Obama's massive expansion of the war that will surge tens of thousands of troops into Taliban-infested areas in southern Afghanistan, where Canadians have been fighting and dying for years.

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