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Petraeus retires with legacy of a difference-maker
After 37-year Army career, Petraeus hangs up his uniform with a legacy of accomplishment
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' David Petraeus, America's best-known general, is retiring as arguably the most consequential Army leader of his generation.

After a farewell ceremony Wednesday, Petraeus will open a new chapter as director of the CIA. In that job he will try to keep up the pressure on al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, while working closely with the military he knows well.

Petraeus made his name in Iraq, where he is credited with turning around a war that was on the brink of disaster in early 2007. He also rewrote the military's guidelines on fighting an insurgency.



He went on to lead U.S. Central Command, then was the top commander in Afghanistan.

Many thought Petraeus would become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Instead, President Barack Obama moved him to the CIA.


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