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Petraeus Says He's Not Sure What Next Post Will be

Saturday, 09 Apr 2011 07:17 AM

 

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gen. David Petraeus said Saturday that he's not sure what his next job will be but that he has committed to staying as the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan through the current fighting season.

Petraeus addressed speculation about his future job while talking to reporters at a farewell ceremony for top NATO civilian representative Mark Sedwill held at the coalition's headquarters in the Afghan capital.

"Actually, I don't know," Petraeus said, responding to questions about his future. "I have committed to staying here through the fighting season."

There is fighting year-round in Afghanistan, but insurgent activity typically slows when the weather gets cold.

Reporters asked him directly if he wanted to become CIA director — one of several positions being floated in Washington. Petraeus dodged the question, saying he didn't think it was appropriate to comment on jobs he might be asked to take.

He said reports that he was physically tired were wrong.

"I'm certainly not tired," he said.

He said that if anyone needed proof, they could join him for a run on a five-mile course in Kabul, which is 6,000 feet (1830 meters) above sea level.

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