Gates Dumps Top Us Commander In Afghanistan

05.12.09 | FL News Team

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan is being replaced. In a Pentagon briefing, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he asked for the resignation of U.S. Army General David McKiernan. It has been less than a year since he was elevated to head the war effort in Afghanistan.

Gates expressed dissatisfaction with the volatile situation in Afghanistan and said "new leadership" is required. He said the situation requires "fresh thinking and fresh eyes." Gates has tapped Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal as McKiernan's replacement.

McChrystal is a former commander of special operations forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and now serves as director of the U.S. military Joint Staff.  Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen declined to elaborate on the changes.