Karzai Doesn't Want McChrystal Fired

Afghan president says general 'is a person of great integrity'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2010 11:10 AM CDT
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. Stanley McChrystal tour Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, May 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – Hamid Karzai believes Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the "best commander" of the war and hopes President Obama doesn't decide to replace him, a rep for the Afghan president said today. The leader of American forces in Aghanistan, under fire for his and his staff's indiscreet comments to a Rolling Stone reporter, "is a person of great integrity" who has a good understanding of the Afghan people and their culture, Karzai says.

"The president believes that Gen. McChrystal is the best commander that NATO and coalition forces have had in Afghanistan over the past nine years," Karzai's rep said, adding that McChrystal has worked very closely with Karzai since he arrived and that "lots of things have improved."

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