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David H. Petraeus, former Army general and head of the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks at the annual dinner for veterans and ROTC students at the University of Southern California, in downtown Los Angeles on March 26, 2013. It marked Petraeus' first public remarks since he retired as head of the CIA after an extramarital affair scandal (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Gen. David H. Petraeus

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis arrives at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, Calif. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says he wants Gen. Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command, replacing Gen. David H. Petraeus.

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Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus is heckled on the streets of New York while on his way to teach a class at the City University of New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (YouTube)

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** FILE ** U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, shakes hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," in a July 13, 2011, photo from the ISAF's Flickr website. (Associated Press/International Security Assistance Force)

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** FILE ** CIA Director David H. Petraeus testifies on Feb. 2, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Paula Broadwell, who ended up with more than a professional relationship with David H. Petraeus, conducted extensive interviews with critics and supporters for her book. “All In,” however, has been described as “part hagiography and part defense” of Mr. Petraeus’ strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** CIA Director David H. Petraeus testifies on Feb. 2, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, shakes hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," in a July 13, 2011, photo from the ISAF's Flickr website. (Associated Press/International Security Assistance Force)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus speaks to the media in his office in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus says he shares Afghan President Hamid Karzai's concern about militants hiding in Pakistan but praises Pakistan's counterinsurgency effort. (Associated Press)

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"We are doing everything we can to achieve progress as rapidly as we can without rushing to failure," said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus insisted the U.S. continue its efforts to keep the loss of Afghan civilian life to a minimum. (Associated Press)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus speaks during a ceremony in which he formally assumed command on Sunday in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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GLASS HALF FULL: Optimism is high that Army Gen. David H. Petraeus will be confirmed in the next few days as commander of allied forces in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama speaks about the resignation of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, at the White House as Gen. David H. Petraeus listens. Mr. Obama said Gen. Petraeus, previously the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, will replace Gen. McChrystal. (Bloomberg)

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Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (left) and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Independent, (right) prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the situation in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 16, 2010. The hearing is continued from Tuesday when Gen. Petraeus slumped briefly during testimony, which aides blamed on dehydration and jet lag. (UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg)

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Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, holds up a water container called a "camelback" as he testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the situation in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 16, 2010. The hearing is continued from Tuesday when Gen. Petraeus slumped briefly during testimony, which aides blamed on dehydration and jet lag. (UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg)