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Topic - Charles M. Gurganus
The Marine Corps' military chief fired two of the service's two-star generals for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan that was attacked by Taliban insurgents last year, an attack that resulted in two Marine deaths and the destruction of $200 million worth of aircraft.
U.S. and international forces in Southwest Afghanistan are shifting their training of Afghan troops from general combat know-how to specialized skills, a Marine general who recently led troops in the region said Wednesday.
It is clear from recent major offensive operations in Diyala and the other provinces surrounding Baghdad that Gen. David A. Petraeus now has the wherewithal not only to clear areas in Baghdad but to seal off those parts of the provinces where al Qaeda and the insurgents have fled to corner and kill them.
Gen. Gurganus issued a statement Monday after the decision, saying "it has been an honor and a privilege to serve beside and lead Marines for over 37 years.
Complicating the training effort is the high illiteracy rate in the region, he said.