Petraeus hands off Afghan command to head CIA
U.S. General David Petraeus has handed over command of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan to U.S. General John Allen, transferring responsibility at a time when international forces are beginning to pull out of the war-torn country.Petraeus steps down after a mixed year in which he oversaw a surge of 30,000 additional U.S. troops aimed at reversing the Taliban insurgency, particularly in southern Afghanistan. He commanded some 140,000 U.S. and coalition forces at a time when violence reached its worst levels in the 10-year war. Handing over command General Allen officially took command at a ceremony Monday in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Petraeus is leaving the post to head the U.S. Central Intelligence AgencyIn his farewell address, Petraeus warned of a tough fight ahead, noting there is nothing easy about such a fight especially when the enemy can exploit sanctuaries outside the country.
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