U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the NATO regional headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 6, 2008. There has been a spike in mortar and rocket attacks from militants in Pakistan at U.S. and Afghan border outposts in Afghanistan, McKiernan said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
President Barack Obama has fired the top U.S. general in Afghanistan.
The president has replaced him with a former special forces commander in a quest for a more agile, unconventional approach in a
war against the Taliban that has gone quickly downhill.
The switch from Gen. David McKiernan to Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal suggests the new commander in chief wants major changes in addition to the additional troops he's ordering into Afghanistan to shore up the war effort.
The White House says the recommended change came from the
Pentagon. Spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president agreed with the
recommendation of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs
chairman Mike Mullen calling for new military leadership in Afghanistan.