During a 45-minute meeting with President Karzai, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen assured the Afghan leader that newly installed Gen. David Petraeus will stick to the game plan established by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Mullen emphasized Petraeus’ early involvement in Afghan military issues and policies. McChrystal’s restrictions on fighting, imposed on NATO troops a year ago, have been credited with saving civilian lives, but some troops believe the rules cost American lives. All rules will remain in effect for now, but the spokesman pointed out that it remains to be seen what Petraeus will do. "Gen. Petraeus, as any new commander, has the right when he comes in to review those rules of engagement and may recommend changes to them as he sees fit. But we have no indication right now that he has any intention of changing anything."
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