US to Replace Afghan Commander

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2009 12:06 PM CDT
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gen. David McKiernan will be replaced as chief of NATO’s Afghan mission by Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a former special ops officer, ABC News reports. McKiernan has held his post for just 11 months, and it is unclear where he will go. The move, to be announced at a press conference today, is a clear indicator of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ opinion of McKiernan’s track record in Afghanistan.