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More than a year after remarks he made in a controversial Rolling Stone article cost him his job, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal is heading back to Afghanistan -- at the invitation of the country's presidential palace.

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New plan to back military familiesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 07:19:00

The Obamas and Bidens launch a new military family initiative aimed at supporting familes of U.S. troops.

2010: Afghan war civilian deaths up 20%updated: Fri Dec 24 2010 23:34:00

A U.N. report issued this week reveals surprising statistics. CNN's Arwa Damon reports from Kabul.

Violence up in Afghanistan, U.N. warnsupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 23:34:00

Afghanistan is seeing higher levels of violence this year than last year at this time, with 20% more civilians killed and the number of "security incidents" up by 66%, the United Nations says in a new report.

Air Force chief: Airstrikes still very much restrictedupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 18:54:00

The marked increase in airstrikes in Afghanistan does not mean the more restrictive airstrike policy put in place by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been rolled back by the new commander, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff said Tuesday.

Army finishes initial review of McChrystal affairupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 16:36:00

The Army's inspector general has completed an initial review into the circumstances surrounding comments by former Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins told CNN.

McChrystal signs with lecture agency for speaking appearancesupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 16:26:00

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal has signed on with Washington-based Leading Authorities to find paid speaking appearances for him, the lecture agency announced Tuesday.

McChrystal to teach at Yale Universityupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 11:43:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who resigned from the military this year after controversial comments published in a magazine profile, will be teaching at Yale University this fall, according to a university spokeswoman.

McChrystal article author speaks outupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 15:01:00

"Rolling Stone" contributor Michael Hastings talks about the article that could cost the general his job.

Rolling Stone reporter denied embed after McChrystal pieceupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 15:01:00

The Rolling Stone magazine journalist whose article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal helped end the Afghanistan commander's career has been denied permission to embed with a military unit in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman told CNN Wednesday.

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.

McChrystal: Career didn't end as I wishedupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 20:58:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, retired from the military at a ceremony in Washington.

McChrystal honored at retirement ceremonyupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 20:58:00

The Afghanistan commander whose career ended after a controversial profile in Rolling Stone magazine joked about his predicament and his post-military life at his retirement ceremony Friday in Washington.

Holbrooke: McChrystal dismissal 'necessary'updated: Wed Jul 14 2010 20:10:00

President Barack Obama's dismissal of the top commander in Afghanistan was "extremely unfortunate" but "necessary," according to Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

White House to let McChrystal retire with 4 starsupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 07:43:00

President Obama has agreed to waive a Pentagon rule and let outgoing Gen. Stanley McChrystal retire at his full four-star rank, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

Retirement ideas for Gen. McChrystalupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 07:43:00

CNN's Larry King talks with his panel about their reaction to the announcement of Gen. Stanley McCrystal's retirement.

Army spokesman says McChrystal to retireupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 19:31:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, removed last week as the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, has told the Army he will retire, Army spokesman Gary Tallman said Monday.

PR blowup masks Afghan war's realityupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 14:47:00

"War is politics by other means," wrote the Prussian philosopher of war Carl von Clausewitz. The career and resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal drives home an updated and equally profound truth: "War is PR by other means."

Military official disputes Rolling Stone articleupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 10:59:00

In the Rolling Stone article that got him fired, Gen. Stanley McChrystal says of the aides who surround him "I'd die for them. And they'd die for me." But the military men around McChrystal are now silent.

Pentagon backs McChrystal decisionupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 10:50:00

Sec. Gates and Adm. Mullen say they support President Obama's decision to relieve Gen. McChrystal of his command.

Karzai backs new U.S. commander in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 10:50:00

Afghanistan's president has backed the selection of Gen. David Petraeus as the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, saying he is "experienced" and an "expert commander" with knowledge of his war-torn nation.

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.

Petraeus: 'Respect' for McChrystalupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 10:35:00

CNN's Dana Bash spoke with Gen. David Petraeus ahead of his upcoming confirmation hearing.

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.

Disagree with boss and keep your jobupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 14:55:00

People are losing their jobs left and right these days, and it's not because of the economy. It's because of what they say.

Gates says he agrees with Obama decision on McChrystalupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 13:56:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that he agrees with President Obama's decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Bad timing helped do in McChrystalupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 11:02:00

Aside from his extraordinarily bad judgment, Gen. Stanley McChrystal also had something else working against him: bad timing. Really bad timing.

Obama 'did the right thing'updated: Thu Jun 24 2010 11:02:00

Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham weigh in on how Pres. Obama handled Gen. McChrystal's resignation.

Obama accepts McChrystal's resignationupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 09:41:00

President Obama says he has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation and will replace him with Gen. David Petraeus.

What to make of McChrystal's removal?updated: Thu Jun 24 2010 09:41:00

President Obama removed Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his post as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday because of published comments that were critical of the administration. Obama said McChrystal had violated the military code of conduct and announced that Gen. David Petraeus will replace him.

Former NATO commander: McChrystal ouster 'a terrible tragedy'updated: Wed Jun 23 2010 22:55:00

The former supreme allied commander of NATO, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, voiced support for President Barack Obama's decision to effectively fire the commander of the Afghanistan war, Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Official: Obama moved quickly to find McChrystal replacementupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 22:13:00

It's still unclear whether President Obama had made up his mind before sitting down Wednesday with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, but CNN has learned that during their one-on-one meeting, Obama gave the general a chance to defend himself.

Obama taps Petraeus to replace McChrystalupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 21:36:00

President Barack Obama has asked Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, he said Wednesday.

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.

Source: McChrystal knew he lacked support at White Houseupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 18:56:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal knew he lacked White House support when he walked into an Oval Office meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama, a source close to McChrystal told CNN.

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.

Gen. McChrystal arrives at White Houseupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 16:42:00

Gen. McChrystal to meet with Pres. Obama over his controversial remarks of the administration.

McChrystal incident a 'learning moment'updated: Wed Jun 23 2010 16:42:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as top commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday should be looked at as a learning lesson, a former general said.

Who's the boss? It's not McChrystalupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 11:23:00

President Obama needs to thank Gen. Stanley McChrystal for his decades of brave and selfless service, then fire him.

Cut the general some slackupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 10:21:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal has issued an apology for a controversial Rolling Stone profile. President Obama needs to accept it and focus on winning the war in Afghanistan.

BP's Hayward and Gen. McChrystal: What were they thinking?updated: Wed Jun 23 2010 07:32:00

Two leaders have been called on to resign this week by critics and media analysts. Both men damaged their credibility by their own actions and no one else's.

Gen. McChrystal slams civilian bossesupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 23:00:00

CNN's Dan Lothian reports on General McChrystal slams his civilian bosses then has to apologize.

Sestak: McChrystal's fate hinges on his necessityupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 21:38:00

The highest ranking military officer to serve in Congress said Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal can retain his command if the president believes that McChrystal is necessary for the success of the Afghan war strategy.

'Runaway general,' or runaway reporter?updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 19:02:00

The forthcoming Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal that was leaked to the press Monday has now taken on a life of its own. "The Runaway General," by former Newsweek correspondent Michael Hastings, offers a very close look at the four- star general who commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Key Senate Democrat calls for McChrystal to resignupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 17:12:00

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, became the first member of the Senate Democratic leadership on Tuesday to suggest that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should resign.

A general's life: From clandestine missions to controversyupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 15:26:00

Shortly after President Obama tapped Stanley McChrystal in June 2009 to be the top commander in Afghanistan, CNN reported that McChrystal would never let a reporter in the room during classified morning meetings he led among senior military officers.

Gen. McChrystal: Interview was a mistakeupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 15:26:00

Gen. McChrystal apologizes for "Rolling Stone" article that includes his controversial remarks about Obama officials.

Karzai, McChrystal in Kandahar to sell military operationupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 16:33:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, say they've secured backing from local leaders for an upcoming military operation in the province.

Military proposes medal for troops showing restraintupdated: Wed May 12 2010 17:25:00

U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan could someday be awarded medals for restraint that prevents civilian casualties in combat.

Taliban Web site claims Afghan blasts were 'message' to U.S. generalupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 09:25:00

A series of deadly blasts in southern Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province on Saturday was a message to the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, according to a posting Sunday on a Taliban Web site.

35 killed in Kandahar blastsupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 09:25:00

Officials say at least 35 people were killed in a series of blasts in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Deadly blasts rock southern Afghanistanupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 14:18:00

A series of explosions rocked southern Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province on Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 47 others, local officials said.

McChrystal eyes securing Kandaharupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 22:48:00

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan vowed that coalition forces "are absolutely going to secure Kandahar," as security efforts expand in the country's south.

McChrystal issues apologyupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 21:10:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal apologizes for 33 Afghan civilian deaths during a NATO airstrike. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Forces in Afghanistan told to limit nighttime raidsupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 16:07:00

A new classified directive to coalition forces in Afghanistan puts restrictions on nighttime raids of Afghan homes and compounds, according to a senior U.S. official who has seen the document.

McChrystal apologizes as airstrike kills dozens in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 13:39:00

The head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, expressed regret Monday after more than two dozen civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike.

Civilians killed in airstrikeupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 13:39:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on what coalition forces are doing to minimize civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

U.S. military chief: 'We cannot have an endless surge' in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 21:41:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says the United States cannot provide the war-torn nation with an "endless surge" of combat forces.

McChrystal outlines strategyupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 21:31:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal outlines the U.S. mission in Afghanistan to CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

McChrystal: Taliban ranks weakeningupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 21:31:00

Rank-and-file Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are tired and weakening, with some making offers to drop out of the conflict, the top U.S. commander there said.

McChrystal: Uprooting bin Laden and Taliban key to winning in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 20:07:00

Finding al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and rolling back a resurgent Taliban are necessary steps toward winning the war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander there told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Top general testifiesupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 20:07:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal testifies before Congress on the plan for the surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan.

Top general address troopsupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 19:37:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal addresses troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on President Obama's war strategy.

U.S. commander: 'I have exceptional confidence right now'updated: Wed Dec 02 2009 19:37:00

A day after President Obama announced his decision to send 30,000 more U.S. service members to Afghanistan, the top U.S. general there talked optimistically about the road ahead to an audience of troops.

Troops alone can't win Afghan warupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 07:11:00

How can we best meet our national security objectives in Afghanistan?

Adding Afghanistan troops could cost $500,000 per personupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 14:34:00

If President Obama decides to send the 40,000 additional forces to Afghanistan as requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a rough estimate by the Pentagon projects the cost could be an additional $20 billion a year, according to a senior Pentagon official.

Candidate vs. boss: Obama's ship not so tight these days, some sayupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 19:31:00

During the 2008 presidential campaign, analysts noted that then-Sen. Barack Obama ran a relatively tight ship -- complete with a near lock-step message strategy and a loyal political team.

Afghan strategyupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 19:31:00

Will President Obama heed the advice of his military advisers and add more troops in Afghanistan? Sandra Endo reports.

Commentary: McChrystal puts U.S. on noticeupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 08:54:00

The most talked-about man in American politics isn't in America or in politics.

Obama has McChrystal's troop request -- what now?updated: Wed Oct 07 2009 17:45:00

President Obama's national security team will begin discussing the number of troops needed in Afghanistan as early as Friday, according to a White House spokesman.

Obama, congressional leaders to meet on Afghan warupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 20:20:00

President Obama will meet with top congressional leaders from both parties Tuesday to discuss a war in Afghanistan that now appears to be at a potential tipping point.

Sharp division inside White House on Afghanistan, analyst saysupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 13:06:00

Deliberations over what to do in Afghanistan are taking place behind closed doors, but the divisions among some of President Obama's trusted advisers are starting to emerge.

Senators on Afghanistan, Iranupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 21:43:00

CNN's John King sits down with two senators -- one Democrat and one Republican -- to discuss foreign policy.

Obama adviser: Afghanistan in no immediate danger of fallingupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 21:43:00

There is no immediate danger of Afghanistan falling to the Taliban, National Security Adviser James Jones said Sunday.

Kerry on Afghanistanupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 12:57:00

CNN's Becky Anderson asks Sen. John Kerry whether more U.S. troops should be sent to Afghanistan.

Gates leaning towards more troops for Afghanistan, sources sayupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 12:57:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is leaning toward the view that a significant number of additional combat forces will be needed for the war in Afghanistan, sources tell CNN.

Adding troops in Afghanistan gains support, sources sayupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 23:05:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is leaning toward the view that a significant number of additional combat forces will be needed for the war in Afghanistan, sources told CNN Thursday.

'Humility' needed in Afghanistan, commander saysupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 16:11:00

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the coalition in the war-torn country is going to have to do things "dramatically differently, even uncomfortably differently" in order to succeed.

Varying advice on Afghanistanupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 16:11:00

Aides say the White House is having intense discussions with starkly differing opinions on Afghanistan.

U.S. scrambling to come up with new Afghanistan plan?updated: Wed Sep 23 2009 19:10:00

The Obama administration's national security team is working on alternative strategies for the war in Afghanistan that may not require tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops, a senior U.S. official told CNN Wednesday.

NATO chief: We must succeed in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 16:19:00

More resources and personnel are needed to train Afghan security forces so they can become "masters in their own house," NATO's secretary-general said Tuesday.

NATO chief vows Afghan successupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 16:19:00

NATO's Anders Fogh Rasmussen tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the military alliance will prevail in Afghanistan.

Request for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan expected soonupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 11:00:00

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan will send his request for more resources to combat the insurgency there in the next several days, according to a senior U.S. defense official familiar with the situation.

Report: U.S. general calls for more troops in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 18:13:00

America's top commander in Afghanistan warns that more troops are needed there within the next year or the nearly 8-year-old war "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of a 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

Biden in Iraqupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 18:13:00

CNN's Chris Lawrence talks with Vice President Biden during his trip to Iraq.

Karzai on McChrystal's reportupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 15:59:00

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses the McChrystal report.

Canadian to lead probe of deadly NATO airstrikeupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 14:15:00

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has appointed a Canadian officer to lead a formal investigation into a NATO airstrike that killed at least 90 people.

Pentagon chiefs urge fast turnaround in Afghan warupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 17:49:00

The United States has a limited amount of time to show Afghans and Americans success in turning around a war in Afghanistan that is facing declining support, according to the top Pentagon leadership.

August is deadliest month for U.S. military in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 12:21:00

August has become the deadliest month for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Request for more troops in Afghanistan likely, source saysupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 04:45:00

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is expected to ask the Obama administration for additional troops and equipment, according to a senior U.S. military official familiar with Gen. Stanley McChrystal's thinking.

Brothers fight in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 17:27:00 writer Thom Patterson talks to Naamua Delaney about the story of three brothers serving together in Afghanistan.

U.S. launches 'major operation' in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 17:27:00

A Marine was killed in action and several others wounded Thursday in a major U.S.-led offensive in southern Afghanistan, the Marines said.

New directive to restrict U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 21:40:00

The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan plans to issue a directive that will restrict the use of U.S. airstrikes in areas where civilian casualties might be a risk, his spokesman told CNN.

Tillman's mother says general lied again about his deathupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 18:07:00

The latest explanation for why Pat Tillman's Silver Star citation failed to mention that friendly fire killed the former NFL star in Afghanistan is another lie by the U.S. military, Tillman's mother said Tuesday.

McChrystal says minimizing casualties crucial for successupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 13:23:00

President Obama's nominee to command U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan said Tuesday that to be successful, an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign must minimize civilian casualties and collateral damage.

McChrystal's covert career could come under questionupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 12:53:00

Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a man of many secrets.

New general in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 12:53:00

Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal's special ops background may hurt his chance for confirmation. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Afghan plan would rely on innovative tactics, new rotationsupdated: Wed May 27 2009 09:19:00

The Pentagon is considering new tactics in Afghanistan: deploying hundreds of troops using creative and nimble counterinsurgency techniques to fight the Taliban, a U.S. military source told CNN.

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