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Gen. David Petraeus leaves Iraq after 20 months

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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:41 am | Updated: 12:10 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

BAGHDAD - Gen. David Petraeus, whose strategy for countering the Iraq insurgency is credited by many with rescuing the country from all-out civil war, stepped aside Tuesday as Gen. Ray Odierno took over as the top American commander of the conflict.

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