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There has been a dramatic shake-up in how the United States is handling the war in Afghanistan , with the top US general in the country, David McKiernan, being asked to step down.
He is being replaced by Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal, the former head of special operations in Iraq and a man who is regarded as a specialist in the kind of counter-insurgency strategy the Obama administration plans to implement in Afghanistan .
General McKiernan has only been in the job for 11 months.
Pressed for what had gone wrong, Mr Gates is not revealing much.
"Nothing went wrong and there was nothing specific," he said.