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Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sworn in Tuesday as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Petraeus readies for CIA roleupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 11:14:00

A few months into the Iraq war, David Petraeus, then a three-star general and commander of the storied 101st Airborne Division, told CNN about what it would take to win.

Petraeus talks Afghan withdrawal planupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 11:14:00

Gen. David Petraeus is asked about the President's troop withdrawal plan during his CIA director confirmation hearing.

Petraeus handing over command in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 11:03:00

A few months into the Iraq war, David Petraeus, then a two-star general and commander of the storied 101st Airborne Division, told CNN about what it would take to win.

Petraeus hands over command in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 19:54:00

Gen. David Petraeus, the outgoing top commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, formally transferred authority Monday to incoming commander Marine Corps Gen. John Allen.

2010: General David Petraeus on politicsupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 19:54:00

CNN's Barbara Starr talked to General David Petraeus days before the elections in which the war is barely mentioned.

Sen. Graham: Petraeus perfect for jobupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:17:00

The Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Petraeus confirmed by Senate unanimously as new CIA directorupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 07:17:00

Gen. David Petraeus won unanimous Senate confirmation Thursday to succeed Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Gen. Petraeus on drawdownupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 17:00:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on how Gen. David Petraeus advised the president on a less aggressive drawdown timetable.

Petraeus tells senators he wanted CIA jobupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 05:50:00

Gen. David Petraeus told his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that "I wanted this job" as he explained his willingness to retire from the military after 37 years to become CIA director.

Petraeus in Washington with Afghanistan troop drawdown recommendationupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 23:07:00

Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the war in Afghanistan, has arrived in Washington for a one-two national security punch that is certain to leave ripples over the next several days.

Afghan hospital assaulted amid fears of 'high-profile attacks'updated: Sat May 21 2011 14:54:00

A suicide bombing ripped through a military hospital in Kabul on Saturday as a warning surfaced from the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan of increased "high-profile attacks" over the summer.

Petraeus warns of increased attacks on coalition forcesupdated: Sat May 21 2011 06:44:00

The commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan is warning troops of increased high-profile attacks over the summer, calling on NATO-led forces to balance its tactical needs with those of the civilian population.

Panetta tapped for defense secretaryupdated: Sun May 01 2011 07:29:00

The president will name CIA Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary.

New men, new missions at Pentagon and CIAupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 17:10:00

It's Washington's version of the reality television show "Wife Swap."

Why Panetta, Petraeus are smart choicesupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 13:16:00

As a conservative Republican, I've long been critical of many of President Barack Obama's policies and personnel picks.

Big changes to come on Obama's national security teamupdated: Mon Apr 11 2011 13:53:00

The Obama administration is considering Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, as the next possible CIA director, an administration official confirms to CNN. The official would not be identified because no announcements have been made about upcoming personnel decisions.

Petraeus: Combat troops will likely be part of July drawdownupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 09:54:00

Initial troop drawdowns in Afghanistan this July will probably include the withdrawal of combat troops, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told house lawmakers on Wednesday.

Tension between Petraeus, Afghans over airstrike, childrenupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 21:26:00

The U.S. military is denying Afghan government accusations that Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, callously dismissed concerns of an airstrike burning children in a northwest village.

Current wars deserve a general ranking with best from WWII, vets sayupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 19:30:00

Members of the Senate and House armed services committees currently are talking to the Pentagon about the next round of hearings on Afghanistan, trying to coordinate sessions with the U.S. commander there, Gen. David Petraeus.

Wife of Gen. Petraeus appointed consumer advocateupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 16:20:00

Holly Petraeus, the wife of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, was named Thursday to a key position in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Top Republican wants Petraeus to testify on Afghanistan progressupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 21:29:00

On the eve of the latest White House Afganistan update, the incoming head of the House Armed Services Committee said he wants to hear directly from the commander, Gen. David Petraeus, to determine what progress has been made.

Petraeus: Picking up the pace on attacking Talibanupdated: Sun Oct 31 2010 00:24:00

U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said Saturday that he has not changed strategy in Afghanistan, insisting that he is still solely pursuing a counterinsurgency plan aimed at protecting Afghan citizens.

Petraeus: ISAF at times facilitates militants' passage to Kabulupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 14:51:00

The top Western military commander in Afghanistan said Friday that NATO-led forces "facilitate" the trips of senior Taliban commanders for discussions with government representatives.

British PM meets Petraeus after failed rescueupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 12:17:00

The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, met British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday in the wake of a failed operation to rescue a British aid worker from kidnappers in Afghanistan.

Gates, Mullen quietly make known their stand on Quran burningupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 13:23:00

Top Pentagon leaders are letting it be known they do not plan to publicly condemn the potential burning of the Quran by a small church group in Florida, but they are now endorsing criticism leveled by Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan.

Pastor to burn Quranupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 13:23:00

A Florida pastor plans to burn the Quran on September 11. CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Terry Jones about his protest.

Petraeus explains Afghan security planupdated: Sun Aug 15 2010 12:49:00

It's an unfortunate analogy, given what's happening back home, but Gen. David Petraeus relies on traditional counterinsurgency language when he talks about expanding an "oil spot" of security in Afghanistan.

Petraeus wants to set record straight on July 2011updated: Thu Aug 12 2010 17:26:00

One of the key goals of the new commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, is to try to settle the debate on the significance of the July 2011 date, according to an International Security Assistance Force official familiar with Petraeus' thinking.

Petraeus faces mission impossibleupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 08:39:00

Many hope that Gen. David Petraeus will save the day in Afghanistan, following what they see as his great success in Iraq. His appointment has been met with nearly unqualified praise.

Afghan army reaches enlistment goal ahead of scheduleupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 06:45:00

Gen. David Petraeus congratulated the Afghan Ministry of Defense on Wednesday for reaching its goal of having 134,000 trained national army soldiers -- two months ahead of schedule.

Petraeus issues new directive for troops in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 17:04:00

Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday issued a new "tactical directive" for forces in Afghanistan that emphasizes guidance for the use of force by troops operating in the country.

Military officials: New 'directive' to clarify Afghan combat rulesupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 19:25:00

Gen. David Petraeus is expected to soon issue a new "tactical directive" spelling out his views on how coalition air and ground operations should be conducted in Afghanistan, according to several U.S. and coalition military officials.

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Gen. Petraeus meets with Afghan presidentupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 08:41:00

On his first day as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, met with Afgan President Hamid Karzai.

Petraeus formally assumes command in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 08:41:00

Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force during a ceremony Sunday at the command's headquarters in Kabul.

Petraeus' challenge in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 15:49:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on what Gen. David Petraeus faces in Afghanistan.

Petraeus arrives in Afghanistan as 5 killed in Taliban attackupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 16:42:00

New U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan Friday, a day marred by violence in a part of the troubled nation that was relatively peaceful a year ago.

Senate unanimously confirms Petraeusupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 22:27:00

The Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

When General Petraeus takes overupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 16:05:00

The transition from Stanley McCrystal to Gen. Petraeus in Afghanistan will have its challenges. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

Petraeus confirmed as new U.S. Afghan commanderupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 15:12:00

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Gen. David Petraeus as the new top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan -- an unusual display of bipartisan unity in the politically divisive conflict.

Petraeus hearing dominated by Afghan troop withdrawal debateupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 09:16:00

Congress took a major step toward making Gen. David Petraeus the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan as a key committee voted Tuesday to advance his nomination to the full Senate.

Petraeus pledges teamworkupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 09:16:00

Gen. David Petraeus defends the July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal date during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Petraeus arrives for hearingupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 10:05:00

Gen. David Petraeus arrives on Capitol Hill for his Senate confirmation hearing.

What to expect from Petraeus' confirmation hearingsupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 10:05:00

The planned withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2011, along with with concerns over the progress of the counterinsurgency plan in a country described as a place "where empires go to die," will be front and center at Gen. David Petraeus' confirmation hearings Tuesday.

Islamist websites: McChrystal fired because Afghan war is lostupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:42:00

The recent change in commanders in Afghanistan is proof the U.S and its allies have lost the war, statements posted on two Islamist websites said Thursday.

How will Petraeus impact Afghan war?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:42:00

Retired U.S. Army Gen. George Joulwan discusses how the Afghan war will be different under Petraeus' leadership.

Petraeus set to review Afghan rules of engagementupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 16:27:00

Gen. David Petraeus intends to undertake a sweeping review of American military operations in Afghanistan -- including the rules of engagement for troops -- if he is confirmed by the Senate as the top U.S. commander in that country, U.S. military officials told CNN Friday.

Petraeus brings change in leadership but similarity in styleupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 10:35:00

On paper, it appeared to be a winning team for President Obama and his new plan to fix Afghanistan: a celebrated general, a master of counterinsurgency strategy overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as head of CENTCOM, with his his protege running the war in Afghanistan.

Petraeus backs July 2011 Afghan withdrawal dateupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 16:15:00

Gen. David Petraeus told CNN on Thursday that he supports President Barack Obama's July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a key point of contention between the president and many of his Republican critics in Congress.

Petraeus, the Ph.D. warrior, faces big testupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 10:44:00

He is arguably the most well-known American general since MacArthur, and perhaps the most effective since Eisenhower.

McChrystal relieved of command, Petraeus chosen to take overupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 19:49:00

President Barack Obama on Wednesday replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and nominated Gen. David Petraeus to replace him while affirming support for a counterinsurgency strategy encountering problems.

Obama's choice of Petraeus a 'masterstroke'updated: Wed Jun 23 2010 17:41:00

President Obama's decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus is "a masterstroke," says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

Petraeus: New 'greatest generation'updated: Wed Jun 16 2010 15:17:00

Gen. David Petraeus testifies in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the progress of the war in Afghanistan.

Petraeus returns to Senate to health scare quips, serious war talkupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 15:17:00

Gen. David Petraeus was back before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday and looking well a day after a mid-hearing faint postponed his previous appearance.

Hearing stopped after Petraeus falls illupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 20:56:00

A Senate hearing on Afghanistan is postponed after Gen. David Petraeus became "a little lightheaded" while testifying.

Senate hearing postponed after Petraeus faintsupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 20:56:00

The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan was escorted from a congressional hearing room after fainting during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, his spokesman said.

Petraeus praises U.S.-U.K. relationshipupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 10:12:00

The security relationship between the United States and Britain is closer than at any time since World War II, the head of the U.S. Central Command said Wednesday.

What's Petraeus selling on his '2010 World Tour?'updated: Fri Jan 22 2010 12:47:00

The visits came with the trappings of the season's hottest rock 'n' roll tour.

Yemen's president, Petraeus conferupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 11:58:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on U.S. commander's meeting with Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Afghan success 'attainable'updated: Wed Dec 09 2009 21:07:00

Gen. David Petraeus and Karl Eikenberry testify before Congress on the scope of the Afghanistan mission.

Petraeus was treated for prostate cancerupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 19:29:00

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, has been treated for early stage prostate cancer and says recent screening tests have delivered "very positive" news.

Petraeus: Iraq remains center of terrorism fightupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 22:54:00

Iraq is still the center of the U.S. battle against terrorism even as American troops shift their focus toward the nearly eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, the U.S. commander in the region said Friday.

Petraeus: Afghanistan attacks at highupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 00:46:00

The top U.S. general, David Petraeus, painted a bleak picture of Afghanistan's immediate future, saying insurgent attacks have risen to record levels not seen since 2001.

Petraeus tells shipping companies to 'get more serious' about piracyupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 22:20:00

Gen. David Petraeus, chief of U.S. Central Command, said Friday the maritime shipping industry must do more on its own to stop pirates.

What Petraeus will tell Obamaupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 09:36:00

Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, tells CNN's Barbara Starr what he will say to Barack Obama.

U.S. commander hears Pakistani complaints on attacksupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 14:00:00

Pakistan complained Monday to the top U.S. military commander in the area over American attacks against suspected terrorists inside Pakistan.

Petraeus takes helm of U.S. Central Commandupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 13:53:00

Gen. David Petraeus took charge Friday of U.S. Central Command, the American military headquarters that focuses on a region of the world that includes Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Iraqi province handed overupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 13:53:00

Parades and speeches mark the transfer of Wasit province from coalition to Iraqi control.

Time.com: Gen. Petraeus Leaves Iraq After 20 Monthsupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 11:00:00

Gen. David Petraeus, whose strategy for countering the Iraq insurgency is credited by many with rescuing the country from all-out civil war, stepped aside Tuesday as Gen. Ray Odierno took over as the top American commander of the conflict

Time.com: General Petraeus' Farewell: What He Leaves Behind in Iraqupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 11:00:00

The outgoing U.S. commander leaves Iraq better off than the shape in which he found it, but plenty of challenges remain for his successor

Petraeus departs praising troops for achieving 'stuff of history'updated: Sun Sep 14 2008 22:12:00

Gen. David Petraeus praises U.S. troops in Iraq as having achieved "the stuff of history" in a letter bidding them farewell as he leaves his post as the top American commander there.

Senate OKs Petraeus as head of Mideast forcesupdated: Thu Jul 10 2008 18:02:00

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the new chief of U.S. Central Command, placing him in charge of American forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Petraeus picked to lead Central Commandupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 20:06:00

Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, has been chosen to become chief of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday.

Petraeus gets promotionupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 20:06:00

Army Gen. David Petraeus has been chosen to become chief of U.S. Central Command. CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports.

Time.com: What the Petraeus Promotion Meansupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 16:00:00

Democrats fear a stay-the-course-in-Iraq signal, but the message to the military is that warfare is changing

'There have been gains'updated: Fri Apr 11 2008 20:16:00

Gen. David Petraeus tells CNN's Michael Ware there have been significant gains in Iraq, but they are 'fragile'.

Petraeus on Iraq warupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 21:04:00

Gen. David Petraeus testifies there has been 'significant but uneven progress' in Iraq.

Time.com: What Al-Qaeda Learned from Petraeusupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 15:00:00

Analysis: The general's testimony revealed some important aspects to US strategy -- and vulnerabilities -- in Iraq

Petraeus, Crocker criticize Iran, call for halt to troop pulloutupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 02:05:00

The top U.S. officials in Iraq told Senate committees Tuesday that Iranian agents and weapons are fueling the ongoing strife there and that further U.S. troop withdrawals will have to wait.

Petraeus: Progress 'fragile'updated: Wed Apr 09 2008 02:05:00

Gen. David Petraeus testifies before the Senate about the progress made in Iraq during the last several months.

Officials: Petraeus unlikely to recommend troop cutsupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 21:10:00

Pentagon officials told CNN on Monday they do not expect Gen. David Petraeus to recommend or predict additional U.S. troop cuts in Iraq when he testifies before Congress this week.

Top general cites Iraq gainsupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 21:10:00

Gen. David Petraeus says security and political gains have been made in Iraq.

Time.com: What the Candidates Will Sayupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 17:00:00

America's top general in Iraq has more to brag about than a year ago when he testifies in Senate hearings. But this time he'll have two presidential candidates vying for the spotlight

Petraeus on Capitol Hillupdated: Sun Apr 06 2008 17:17:00

With Iraqi government raids in Basra, what questions will Petraeus face on Capitol Hill? CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Democrat: Report on Iraq 'too rosy' updated: Sat Apr 05 2008 20:48:00

Senior Democratic senators challenged a new intelligence report's assessment of President Bush's "surge" strategy Friday, saying the troop increase in Iraq has failed to achieve its strategic goals.

Commanders expected to recommend Iraq pullout pauseupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 19:30:00

Senior U.S. military officials are preparing to recommend to President Bush a four- to six-week pause in additional troop withdrawals from Iraq after the last of the "surge" brigades leaves in July, CNN has learned.

Tour of duty could shortenupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 02:15:00

CNN's Barbara Starr sits down for an exclusive interview with General David Petraeus about progress in Iraq.

Time.com: Exit Al-Qaeda. Enter the Militias?updated: Tue Jan 01 2008 18:40:00

The U.S. can look back with content on 2007 as the year it put al-Qaeda on the run in Iraq. But Shi'ite militias have consolidated their power and may be a bigger long-term threat

Time.com: Petraeus Cites Less Iraq Violenceupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 09:00:00

Citing a 60 percent decline in violence in Iraq over the last six months, Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday that maintaining security is easier than establishing it

Petraeus notes violence drop, foresees more 'tough work'updated: Thu Dec 06 2007 08:23:00

America's top military commander in Iraq said Thursday violence is down significantly across the country -- 60 percent in the last six months -- but that he's not ready to celebrate.

General Petraeus speaks outupdated: Sun Oct 07 2007 17:24:00

America's commanding general in Iraq says the war can be won. CNN's Jim Clancy reports.

Petraeus: 'Show me' if Iran has stopped supplying Iraqi insurgentsupdated: Sun Oct 07 2007 17:24:00

Although America's top general in Iraq called al Qaeda "the wolf closest to the sled," he said sectarian fighting among militias fueled by Iran could be the biggest long-term challenge for Iraq.

NYT editor slams paper over 'General Betray Us' adupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 10:36:00

The public editor for The New York Times slammed his employer Sunday in a column, saying the newspaper violated its policies by cutting MoveOn.org a deal on a controversial ad criticizing the top U.S. military commander in Iraq.

Petraeus on Iraq, U.S. troopsupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 09:29:00

Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr was in CNN's Situation Room Wednesday. Watch her interview with Gen. Petraeus.

Newsmaker: General David H. Petraeusupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 09:29:00

When President George W. Bush appointed General David H. Petraeus as head of the U.S. military in Iraq in January 2007, the consensus was that he had picked the best man for the job.

Time.com: Hiding Behind the Generalupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 18:00:00

Bush has made Petraeus the arbiter of Iraq policy when it should be set by the President

Time.com: Petraeus Under Heavy Fireupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 04:00:00

On his second day of testimony, the general failed to reassure skeptical Senators from both parties

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