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  • From Iraq to Washington: Petraeus has long record of facing tough situations

    The fall of David H. Petraeus as the nation's spy chief does not erase his long record as a military commander who turned the tide of the war in Iraq and set up new tactics for killing Islamic terrorists, his friends and military observers say.


  • Associated Press

Afghan security guards stand by the remnants of a tire burned during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February. In recent years, allied troops lived and trained with their Afghan counterparts. But killings of allied troops took a toll in trust. The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has stopped training Afghan troops and working with them below battalion level.

    Pentagon ends more mingling of U.S., Afghan troops

    The 2-year-old U.S. practice of mixing American and Afghan forces 24 hours a day has produced cultural clashes that have led to an increase of "green-on-blue" slayings of U.S. troops in which Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on their trainers, says an adviser to U.S. commanders and policymakers.


  • ** FILE ** Former Army Vice Chief of Staff John Keane (Associated Press)

    Iraq surge's advocates fear gains will be lost

    The outside advisers who worked to persuade President Bush in 2006 to send a "surge" of reinforcement troops to Iraq now fear their efforts are on the verge of being erased.


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