(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, hasn't been back to that country since he was forced to resign in July 2010 after disparaging comments about the nation's civilian leaders appeared in a Rolling Stone magazine article.
But while President Obama may no longer have use for McChrystal's services, that doesn't mean that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is similarly inclined.
Karzai and McChrystal developed a strong bond during the former general's tenure in Afghanistan and have remained in contact over the past year. That's why the Afghan leader has invited McChrystal and his spouse to visit him, an invitation that has been accepted.
The trip also seems to have the blessings of the White House, despite past differences, since McChrystal might be able to act as a back channel, given Karzai's often contentious relationship with the U.S.
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