July 1st, 2010
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June 30th, 2010
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Petraeus confirmed by Senate

The Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

Petraeus was tapped by President Obama to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was relieved of his duties last week after the general and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article criticizing and mocking key administration officials.


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June 29th, 2010
09:51 AM ET
June 29th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

What to expect from Petraeus' confirmation hearings

[Update 3 p.m. ET] The Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday approved the nomination of Gen. David Petraeus to be the top commander in Afghanistan.  The nomination now heads to the full Senate.

(CNN) - The planned withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2011, along with with concerns over the progress of the counterinsurgency plan in a country described as a place "where empires go to die," will be front and center at Gen. David Petraeus' confirmation hearings Tuesday. FULL POST

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June 28th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

The 'bleeding ulcer' of Marjah

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When Gen. David Petraeus takes over command in Afghanistan, his first and most urgent problem may be what the ousted commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal famously called "a bleeding ulcer" - the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Helmand province. FULL POST

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June 28th, 2010
10:02 AM ET