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National Security Shakeup

8:23 AM, Apr 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Washington Post reports that Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq, will likely be nominated to be the next ambassador to Afghanistan :

Ryan C. Crocker, a five-time ambassador who retired in 2009 after wartime service in Iraq, is likely to be named to take over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, reuniting him with Gen. David H. Petraeus, who headed U.S. forces in Iraq during Crocker’s tenure there and now commands the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. Crocker, who has resisted several administration attempts to persuade him to return to service, met privately with Obama early this month, the officials said.

A Petraeus-Crocker reunion would be brief, however, with Petraeus due to end his Afghan tour within the next several months.

Petraeus will, after leaving Afghanistan, likely be the next head of the CIA, the AP reports. "CIA Director Leon Panettais slated to move to the Pentagon to be Defense Secretary...If nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Panetta would replace Robert Gates, who has long said he wants to retire this year."

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