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Mr. Crocker helped negotiate the Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan to help guide relations after the 130,000 U.S. and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan.

Before he was appointed ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Crocker was a dean and professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He had retired from the Foreign Service after 37 years.

Mr. Crocker had served as ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009 and as ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007.

The reason for Mr. Munter’s resignation remains shrouded in rumors. The career diplomat quit after serving less than two years. Most ambassadors serve about three years in a post.

He was reportedly upset because Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton undermined his attempts to reach out to Hafiz Saeed, founder of the terrorist Lashkar-e-Taiba group blamed for the 2008 siege of Mumbai.

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