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White House summons US Afghan commander


The top US commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to the White House to explain comments critical of the Obama administration which are to be published in Rolling Stone magazine.

General Stanley McChrystal has apologised and one of his senior aides has resigned over the remarks. In the article, the general is quoted as saying he felt betrayed by the US ambassador to Kabul over troop requests.

Barack Obama will see the general in person in Washington after he flies back from Afghanistan tomorrow.

McChrystal is said to have been disappointed with his first meeting with the President last year. His aides mock Vice-President Joe Biden and other administration officials.

The article portrays a split between the US military and Obama’s team at a sensitive time for the Pentagon, which has been defending itself against criticism of its strategy in Afghanistan.

After his appointment last year, General McChrystal engaged in a detailed review with the president which resulted in an extra 30,000 troops.

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