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Embassy: McChrystal to visit Afghanistan

From Nick Paton Walsh, CNN
updated 11:32 AM EDT, Thu October 27, 2011
Stanley McChrystal smiles during a retirement ceremony in July 2010, in Washington, DC.
Stanley McChrystal smiles during a retirement ceremony in July 2010, in Washington, DC.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • U.S. Embassy spokesman: McChrystal will visit as a private citizen
  • Afghanistan's presidential palace invited him, the spokesman says
  • McChrystal was removed from his post in June 2010

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- More than a year after remarks he made in a controversial Rolling Stone article cost him his job, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal is heading back to Afghanistan -- at the invitation of the country's presidential palace.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said Thursday that McChrystal, the former commander of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, would soon visit Kabul.

"Ambassador (Ryan) Crocker was consulted about Gen. McChrystal's visit and he had no problem with it. (McChrystal and his wife) are traveling as private citizens and they are not carrying any particular message," embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall said.

McChrystal was removed from his post in June 2010 after the general and top aides were quoted in the Rolling Stone article disparaging top administration officials.

At the time, U.S. President Barack Obama praised McChrystal's service record but said the general exhibited poor judgment.

Afghanistan's presidential palace has not released additional information about the visit.

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