1. AFGHANISTAN

    US Commander Removed

    From left, Army Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Robert Lennox, Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, commanding general, soldier Systems Center; Kevin Fahey, Combat Support and Combat Service Support, Army; and Brig. Gen. Michael Brogan, commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009,  before the House Armed Services Committee joint hearing on Army and Marine Corps force protection programs.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    One of the top U.S. commanders in Afghanistan, Major Gen. Peter Fuller, was relieved of his duties Friday after reportedly making some off-the-cuff comments about Afghan President Hamid Karzai. In an interview with Politico, Fuller called the Afghan government “isolated from reality,” and blasted Karzai saying, “When they are going to have a presidential election, you hope they get a guy that’s more articulate in public.” In response, NATO Commander Gen. John Allen called the remarks “inappropriate public comments,” and said, “These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with its government in Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan.”

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