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Petraeus Confirmed as New CIA Chief

July 5, 2011
Gen. David Petraeus
Gen. David Petraeus

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed General David Petraeus as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The Senate voted 94-0 to approve the nomination of Petraeus, who has been in charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan since June 2010. His predecessor, Leon Panetta, has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate as secretary of defense to succeed Robert Gates, who officially retired Thursday.

Petraeus has gained great esteem for successfully leading multinational forces in Iraq. He was one of the architects for a plan President Obama announced in late 2009 that called for a significant troop surge in the country before a phased drawdown.

However, the general did not seem to fully agree with Obama on the newly unveiled plan to withdraw from Afghanistan, though he said he endorsed the president's decision.

"The ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended," Petraeus said at his Senate confirmation hearing last week.

Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2011

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