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Military officials: Newly confirmed commander en route to Iraq
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Just over a week after his Senate confirmation, the commander of U.S. and allied troops in Iraq, U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, is en route to Iraq, military officials told CNN.

Petraeus departed Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and is expected to arrive in Iraq in the next few days.

With a vote of 81-0, the Senate approved Petraeus' nomination to become coalition commander in Iraq on Jan. 26.
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