General McChrystal to retire after Afghanistan firing

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June 29, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal is retiring from the US Army after his removal last week as the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported on its website early on Tuesday.

The newspaper cited Army spokesman Colonel Thomas Collins as saying that McChrystal has not yet filed paperwork but had informed personnel officials of his decision after 34 years in uniform.

US President Barack Obama relieved McChrystal of command in Afghanistan over a magazine article that portrayed the general, considered an expert in counterinsurgency operations, as dismissive of senior US officials’ concerns about the ongoing war effort.

McChrystal’s resignation was accepted on Wednesday, after he met at the White House with Obama.

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