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U.S. Senate confirms Gen. Petraeus to lead Afghan war

The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm David Petraeus as the new commander of the troubled war in Afghanistan, pinning U.S. hopes on a four-star Army general who helped turn around the conflict in Iraq.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 23:18 IST
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The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm David Petraeus as the new commander of the troubled war in Afghanistan, pinning U.S. hopes on a four-star Army general who helped turn around the conflict in Iraq.

President Barack Obama tapped Petraeus after last week firing the previous commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, for disparaging civilian leaders in an explosive magazine article.

First Published: Jun 30, 2010 23:13 IST