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McChrystal canned; Obama replaces McChrystal with Petraeus

McChrystal will be replaced with Gen. David Petraeus.

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President Barack Obama has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan

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A senior administration official tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and is replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command.

McChrystal was pushed out over blistering remarks he made about administration officials quoted in a magazine interview.

After an Oval Office meeting with McChrystal in the morning, Obama huddled with his war advisers and planned to announce his decision on the general's fate to the nation at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Rose Garden.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity, because the president's announcement was not yet public.

Petraeus now oversees the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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