Panetta set to be US Defense Secretary, Petraeus to be CIA chief

April 27th, 2011 - 7:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Washington, Apr. 27 (ANI): As part of a reshuffling of President Obama’s Afghanistan war team, current CIA chief Leon Panetta will be named Secretary of Defense to replace outgoing secretary Robert Gates, while current International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) head General David Petraeus will replace Panetta at the CIA.

The Obama administration is also likely to nominate veteran diplomat Ryan C. Crocker as the next U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, replacing current ambassador Karl Eikenberry, who is expected to depart in the next few months.

The move would bring Crocker back to South Asia, where he was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 until 2007 and opened the post-Taliban U.S. embassy in Kabul. (ANI)

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