KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has met in Afghanistan with President Hamid Karzai trying to ease concerns about the change in command following the ouster of Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Adm. Mike Mullen assured Karzai that the new NATO commander will pursue the same war strategy crafted by McChrystal, who had won
praise for training Afghan security forces and reducing civilian casualties.
Mullen's visit comes three days after President Barack Obama accepted McChrystal's resignation due to disparaging comments he made in a magazine interview.
Afghan leaders and U.S. allies in the war worried McChrystal's ouster could disrupt the counterinsurgency strategy at a critical juncture in the war. They were relieved to learn that his replacement would be Gen. David Petraeus, McChrystal's boss who helped author the plan.