Prior to official word from the White House about the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, NBC News reported on Wednesday that the president “has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over all U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.” –KA


Obama is scheduled to make an official announcement shortly about the general, under fire over his blistering remarks about administration officials quoted in a magazine interview. Meantime, the Associated Press reported that Obama has chosen Gen. David Petraeus to replace McChrystal as top Afghan commander. Petraeus now oversees the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Earlier, McChrystal was seen leaving the West Wing and climbing into a van after his nearly half-hour private showdown with the president.

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