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McChrystal Out as Commander

President Obama relieves Gen. McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
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WASHINGTON (TheStreet) -- Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is out as head of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.

The White House, incensed by critical remarks made by the general in interviews for a feature story in

Rolling Stone

magazine, made the decision Wednesday after McChrystal met in the Oval Office with President Obama and key cabinet members.

Replacing McChrystal will be Gen. David Petraeus, who spent a widely praised tenure as commander of coalition forces in Iraq during the so-called "surge" campaign there between 2007 and 2008.

Obama will make a statement on the firing in a Rose Garden briefing Wednesday afternoon.

According to quotes in

Rolling Stone

, Gen. McChrystal expressed a low opinion of Obama's cabinet and national security team, including Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor James Jones, at a time of extreme doubt on the progress of the war in Afghanistan.

-- Written by Scott Eden in New York

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Scott Eden has covered business -- both large and small -- for more than a decade. Prior to joining, he worked as a features reporter for Dealmaker and Trader Monthly magazines. Before that, he wrote for the Chicago Reader, that city's weekly paper. Early in his career, he was a staff reporter at the Dow Jones News Service. His reporting has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, and the Believer magazine, among other publications. He's also the author of Touchdown Jesus (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a nonfiction book about Notre Dame football fans and the business and politics of big-time college sports. He has degrees from Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis.