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Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, assumes his new role Tuesday: director of the CIA.

Petraeus succeeds Leon Panetta, who is now the U.S. secretary of defense.

As the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Petraeus was dubbed “King David” for turning around what seemed like a losing battle.

He took over in Afghanistan in July 2010 after the retirement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose departure came on the heels of unflattering remarks he made about administration officials in a Rolling Stone magazine article.

On July 18, Petraeus handed over Afghan command to Gen. John Allen.

Source: CNN

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