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Obama sacks top US commander in Afghanistan

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General Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of duty as the top US commander of allied forces in Afghanistan.

It follows a brief meeting with Barack Obama over disparaging remarks he made in an interview with Rolling Stones magazine in which he mocked the US president and his senior officials.

He will be replaced by US General David Petraeus, commander of the US Central Command, who has already led the US-led mission in Iraq.

Aghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, who had expressed support for McChrystal, says he respects Obama’s decision.