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News | Nov. 6, 2008

Petraeus makes first Afghan visit as CENTCOM commander

By Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Graham , Combined Security Transition Command

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, shakes hands with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak before a meeting with Afghan officials at Defense Ministry headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 5.
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, shakes hands with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak before a meeting with Afghan officials at Defense Ministry headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 5.

KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 5, 2008) – The new commander of U.S. Central Command met with Afghan officials here Wednesday during his first visit to Afghanistan as CENTCOM commander.

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who took the command’s reins Oct. 31, met with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and other Afghan officials to assess security and ongoing war efforts.

Petraeus is scheduled to meet other Afghan leaders during his visit, as well as top military officials, including Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.