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Barack Obama is considering whether to sack General Stanley McChrystal as military commander in Afghanistan after summoning him to the White House tomorrow to explain his derisive criticism of the President’s staff in a magazine article.

Toby Harnden in Washington, Telegraph/UK, June 22, 2010

US commander McChrystal forced to apologise for Afghanistan  comments

General Stanley McChrystal Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“McChrystal has been directed to attend the monthly meeting [on Wednesday] on Afghanistan and Pakistan in person,” a senior American official said so the general could “explain to the Pentagon and the commander in chief his quotes in the piece about his colleagues”.

The decision over whether to fire Gen McChrystal, the architect of a new counter-insurgency strategy designed to turn around the nine-year Afghan war, for insubordination is one of the most momentous of Mr Obama’s presidency.

It comes at a time when his Afghan surge strategy is faltering. Gen McChrystal has delayed the summer offensive on Kandahar and said that Marja, which was “cleared” in a major operation at the start of the year, was a “bleeding ulcer”.

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