General Petraeus takes over a counterinsurgency strategy that has largely failed, say Afghanistan lawmakers from Taliban hot spots Marjah and Kandahar, which have been targeted for key US offensives.
Topping General Petraeus' to-do list in the Afghanistan war: Making his own counterinsurgency strategy work in Afghanistan where General McChrystal could not.
After replacing Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan, President Obama can use this opportunity to explain his current thinking about the trade-off between containing the war's costs and his goal of leaving no safe-haven for al Qaeda.
The McChrystal Rolling Stone article was written by a freelance reporter who ended up in an impromptu 'embed' with McChrystal because of the Iceland volcano.
Gen. David Petraeus, who replaced ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is a widely respected officer who wrote the Army's counterinsurgency manual and helped craft US policy in Afghanistan.
People stand around a campfire during the Ivana Kupala festival in the village of Viazynka, Belarus, late Tuesday evening. The ancient tradition, originating from pagan times, is usually marked with grand overnight festivities which includes jumping over burning campfires and bathing in a lake or a river. Some people believe the acts will purge them of their sins and make them healthier.
General McChrystal's Rolling Stone remarks, which were critical of US officials, have turned the spotlight on disputes over Afghanistan withdrawal timeline.
General McChrystal's comments to Rolling Stone may be rocking Washington, but soldiers in Afghanistan downplay the impact.
Tara, a 2-month-old Asian palm civet cub, sits on the shoulder of a Royev Ruchei Zoo employee in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday. Zoo employees are hand-feeding two cubs, Tara and Tona, after their mother gave birth to them in April this year and refused to nurse them.
Three-year-old Jackson Hazlett of Portland, Ore., hugs his father after the two were reunited on April 21 at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland. His father, Sgt. Ryan Hazlett, was serving in Iraq, and returned home with 2,700 other Oregon Army National Guard soldiers after 10 months away.