McChrystal sacking shock

KABUL - The sacking of Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal by US President Barack Obama on Wednesday was greeted with dismay in Kabul where Afghan officials and foreign diplomats praised his bold efforts to change the course of the war.

KABUL - The sacking of Nato commander General Stanley McChrystal by US President Barack Obama on Wednesday was greeted with dismay in Kabul where Afghan officials and foreign diplomats praised his bold efforts to change the course of the war.

McChrystal's counter-insurgency strategy, which brought sweeping changes aimed at cutting civilian casualties and winning over the population, was widely credited with bringing some order to a chaotic and spiralling conflict.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government had publicly urged the White House not to remove McChrystal over disparaging remarks he made about officials in Obama's administration in a magazine profile.

A spokesperson for Karzai praised McChrystal as a "trusted partner of the Afghan people" and said his removal would "not be helpful". - Sapa-AFP

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