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Gen. Petraeus chosen to succeed McChrystal

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WASHINGTON D.C. - President Barack Obama has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation over inflammatory remarks he made about Obama and other high administration officials. The President has also chosen U.S. Central Command Gen. David Petraeus to succeed McChrystal.

McChrystal had apologized for several disparaging remarks he made in an interview about his civilian superiors. McChrystal says he tendered his resignation out of his desire to see the mission in Afghanistan succeed.

According to the Associated Press, Obama says McChrystal's resignation is the "right decision for our national security," and President Obama accepted McChrystal's resignation "with considerable regret", calling it the right step.

The President also said the Afghan change of command is "a change in personnel but not a change in policy," and that Afghanistan demands a 'unity of effort' and a change in command was vital.

McChrystal says he strongly supports Obama's strategy and remains deeply committed to the coalition forces, partner nations and the Afghan people and - in his words - had a "desire to see the mission succeed."