Pentagon to keep Gen. Allen probe secret

Pentagon to keep Gen. Allen probe secret

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The probe into Marine Gen. John Allen's relationship with a Tampa, Fla., socialite will be kept secret, the U.S. Defense Department said, citing privacy issues.
White House urged to boost CIA drone fleet

White House urged to boost CIA drone fleet

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The CIA has urged the White House to boost the agency's armed drone fleet to fight new North Africa al-Qaida threats, U.S. officials told The Washington Post.
CIA chief hails ex-agent's guilty plea

CIA chief hails ex-agent's guilty plea

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The CIA's chief hailed ex-agent John Kiriakou's guilty plea for leaking the name of a covert operative as "an important victory" for the intelligence community.

U.S. redesigns terrorist target list

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is planning a next-generation terrorist targeting list that transforms the CIA into a paramilitary force, The Washington Post reported.
Letters: Bin Laden plotted to kill Obama

Letters: Bin Laden plotted to kill Obama

WEST POINT, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden said he wanted to kill U.S. President Obama because his death would mean an "utterly unprepared" Vice President Joe Biden would be president.

U.S. denies it knew of Afghan prison abuse

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The United States denies it knew of abuse at Afghan prisons before a United Nations report was released in August, The Washington Post reported.

Group may get terrorist designation

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- The United States may designate members of a Pakistani militant group as terrorists in a move that could antagonize Pakistan, political observers say.
Petraeus inherits ‘more intense’ fighting in Afghanistan

Petraeus inherits ‘more intense’ fighting in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- The July 2011 deadline U.S. President Barack Obama set to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan will mark only the beginning of a long process to end the war, U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said Tuesday.
Petraeus: Lengthy Afghan commitment needed

Petraeus: Lengthy Afghan commitment needed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, says a significant and lengthy commitment is needed in the war-torn country.
U.S.-Iraq announce security transfer

U.S.-Iraq announce security transfer

BAGHDAD, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. officials announced Wednesday that security for the Qadisiyah Province has been handed over to Iraqi responsibility.
Petraeus: 'Remote' chance of second surge

Petraeus: 'Remote' chance of second surge

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The possibility of another buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, should conditions deteriorate, would be "remote," Army Gen. David H. Petraeus testified Wednesday.

Petraeus' promise to Big Oil

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y., April 8 (UPI) -- Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, needs to answer some oil questions as he testifies before Congress this week, coinciding with Wednesday's fifth anniversary of the U.S. occupation of Iraq's Oil Ministry.
NICK MOTTERN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Petraeus: Iraq progress 'reversible'

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus called progress in Iraq "fragile and reversible" during an appearance Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

U.S. Iraq ambassador plans to retire

BAGHDAD, March 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker is expected to depart from Baghdad in January 2009, soon after the head U.S. military commander plans to leave Iraq.

Odierno leaves Iraq command with praise

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A top commander in Iraq left his post Thursday lauded by top officials for instituting what the U.S. Defense Department hails as the successful troop surge.
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David H. Petraeus
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qadir salute while passing the Iraqi flag during a farewell ceremony in Baghdad for the outgoing American general on September 15, 2008. Petraeus will turn over command of Multi-National Forces - Iraq to Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno on September 16, 2008. Petraeus, who has served in three command positions in Iraq since 2003, will assume command of U.S. Central Command. (UPI Photo/U.S. Army)

David Howell Petraeus (pronunciation: /pɪˈtreɪ.əs/; born November 7, 1952) is a United States Army general who serves as the current Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) from January 26, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2010, and took over command from temporary commander Lieutenant-General Sir Nick Parker on July 4, 2010.

Petraeus has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet (top 5% of his class). He was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 1983. He subsequently earned an M.P.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. in International Relations in 1987 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He later served as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Some news reports have speculated that Petraeus may have interest in running for the presidency, especially after he visited a school known for hosting the presidential debates, New Hampshire's Saint Anselm College. Petraeus lives in New Hampshire. Despite these accounts, Petraeus has categorically asserted that he has no political ambitions. On June 23, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Petraeus to succeed General Stanley McChrystal as commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, technically a step down from his position as Commander of United States Central Command, which oversees the military efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Egypt. Petraeus intends on retiring from the Army in September 2011, as President Obama plans on nominating him to become the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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