All change at the top of US forces in Afghanistan as the US seeks a change of direction in its war on al-Qaeda.After less than a year in the job General David Mckiernan returns home and is replaced by the current head of the joint Chiefs of Staff General Stanley McChrystal. With a new ambassador arriving among several other changes the Pentagon denies their approach has not worked “With agreement on a new strategy and a new mission and national and international approach in Afghanistan we felt that if there was to be a change then this is the right time to make that change,” says Defence Minister Robert Gates. McChrystal faces a difficult situation. In several weeks there is a presidential election, and despite troop reinforcements the terror threat remains high. With Afghanistan now top priority he will be in the firing line himself if things get worse.
US names new Afghan commander