Leahy: Obama inching closer to arming Syrian rebels

Leahy: Obama inching closer to arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat said Sunday President Obama appears to be inching toward supplying Syrian rebels with weapons.

Bush visiting Bahrain to garner support

MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush arrived in Bahrain Saturday as part of his Persian Gulf tour to garner support for his attempts to limit Iranian influence.

Australian Prime Minister Rudd visits Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a surprise visit to his country's troops stationed in Iraq.

Giuliani's Petraeus ad inspires donations

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Supporting the troops through a newspaper ad backing the U.S. military commander in Iraq paid off for Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani.

Bush not considering troop drawdown

CLEVELAND, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Tuesday begged the nation to give the strategy in Iraq a chance to be fully implemented before deciding whether it has failed. In a speech to the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Bush said he seriously considered whether to allow

Bush: Send war funding bill I can sign

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Friday called on Congress to "do its duty" and send him a war funding bill he can sign. Bush, flanked by a number of people dressed in military uniforms, sharply criticized the House passage of a supplemental appropriations bill

Iraqi, U.S. troops compete for armor

BAQUBA, Iraq, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- In Iraq, Iraqi and U.S. troops compete for a limited supply of armor to protect themselves and their vehicles from insurgent bombs.
David Patraeus
Gen. David Patraeus speaks at a press conference on the current status of conditions in Iraq and his recent testimony delivered to the Senate and House Armed Service and Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week in Washington on September 12, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

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 September 16, 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 assumed his current assignment 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 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 parts of Africa. 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.

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