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CIA director Petraeus’ resignation shocks Washington


Obama later turned to him to lead a similar surge of US forces in Afghanistan in 2010, leaving a top post as commander of all US forces in the Middle East to do so.

However, Obama chose not to promote Petraeus to the US military’s top job as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, as White House officials remained wary of the media-savvy general who had pushed for more troops and more time in the Afghanistan war.

However, his military background sometimes clashed with the intelligence agency’s culture and there was some friction with the congressional committees that oversee the spy services.

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