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Ryan Crocker Top Choice For U.S. Ambassador To Afghanistan Post, Sources Say

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday, part of a far-reaching turnover of the nation’s top leade…

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday, part of a far-reaching turnover of the nation’s top leadership of the Afghanistan war as Obama prepares to begin bringing forces home this summer.

The move would reunite Crocker with Gen. David Petraeus in a rerun of the diplomatic and military “dream team” credited with rescuing the flagging American mission in Iraq. In the coming months, Obama will have to name replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, other senior military leaders and probably Petraeus himself.

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