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Jun 24th, 2010

Pentagon: We’ll Try to Meet Afghan Pullout Goal

Obama: U.S. ‘will not miss a beat’ in war because of change in command

Image: President Barack Obama, Gen. David Petraeus
President Barack Obama announces that Gen. David Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as his top commander in Afghanistan while in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. (Photo credit: Larry Downing / Reuters)

By Adam Entous and Phil Stewart

June 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday his ouster of the top commander in Afghanistan would not disrupt strategy in a war that his defense chief acknowledged was progressing more slowly than expected.

Obama, seeking to reassure allies in the region after the biggest military shake-up of his presidency, stressed that the start of a troop withdrawal in July 2011 did not mean the United States would be “switching off the lights” on the unpopular, nine-year-old war.

Obama fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal Wednesday for remarks he and his aides made in an explosive article in Rolling Stone magazine that disparaged the president and other civilian leaders. …

Obama stressed that July 2011 was only the start of a gradual process.

“We did not say that, starting July 2011, suddenly there would be no troops from the United States or allied countries in Afghanistan,” Obama said. …


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — June 24, 2009

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