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Army spokesman says McChrystal to retire

From Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Gen. Stanley McChrystal was removed as top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan last week by President Obama.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal was removed as top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan last week by President Obama.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal has told the U.S. Army he will retire, an Army spokesman says
  • McChrystal was replaced last week as the top military commander in Afghanistan
  • No date set for McChrystal's retirement
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Washington (CNN) -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, removed last week as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, has told the Army he will retire, Army spokesman Gary Tallman said Monday.

No date was set for the retirement of McChrystal, a four-star general who assumed command of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan last year.

McChrystal was replaced on Wednesday by President Obama after disclosure of a magazine article in which the general and top aides disparaged top administration officials including Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Jim Jones.

Obama praised McChrystal's service record but said the general exhibited poor judgment. Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. Central Command commander, was named to replace McChrystal in Afghanistan.

 
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