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US General in Afghanistan Fired Over Karzai Remarks

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A senior U.S. army general was fired on Friday by the commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan following remarks he made about Afghan President Hamid Karzai during an interview with Politico.

General John R. Allen's firing of Major Gen. Peter Fuller, who was deputy commander for NATO training programs in Afghanistan, was effective immediately. Fuller was in the United States on a speaking tour when he made the remarks saying Karzai was erratic and did not appreciate the U.S. training efforts. Karzai had said in a recent interview that his country would side with Pakistan if a war erupted with the U.S.

"These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with the government of Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan", said Allen.

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Gen. Allen Assumes Control of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Gen. David Petraeus conducted his final official duty in uniform on Monday, handing over control of the more than 140,000 coalition troops in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen.

In a change of command ceremony held privately in Kabul, Allen officially assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force from Petraeus.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who attended the ceremony, promoted Allen to a four-star general before he took over the reins.

Speaking on his vision for Afghanistan and the ISAF, Allen told the crowd, “Throughout, we will keep our eyes on the horizon -- the future of Afghanistan -- a nation of free people at peace, governed under its constitution, pursuing economic enterprise and development, in a secure and stable environment free from the extremism and terrorism that has plagued this wonderful country and its people for more than a generation.  In the end -- together we will prevail.”

Also on Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai awarded Petraeus the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan, Afghanistan's most significant medal of honor.  

Petraeus will officially retire from the military next month and become the new director of the CIA.

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