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Mr. King and other Republicans joined Democrats in praising the general’s service to the country.

In a statement from the White House, President Obama said Mr. Petraeus, who took over as CIA director in September 2011, had provided “extraordinary service to the United States for decades” and had given a lifetime of service that “made our country safer and stronger.”

The general, considered one of the nation’s smartest and most capable military men, is credited with salvaging the Iraq war.

“His inspirational leadership and his genius were directly responsible – after years of failure – for the success of the surge in Iraq,” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said Friday.