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David Howell Petraeus


David Howell Petraeus

About David Howell Petraeus

General David Howell Petraeus, USA (born November 7, 1952) is a four-star general in the United States of America. He has served in several positions in his career including as the 10th and current Commander, U.S. Central Command and the as the CIA director.

Professional Biography

Petraeus previously served as Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) from January 26, 2007 to September 15, 2008. As Commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. Petraeus assumed his current assignment on October 31, 2008.

In December 2009, While Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has denied the presence of the Taliban leadership in the country, David Petraeus has reiterated that top Taliban leaders have taken refuge in the country, and that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar stays most, if not all, of the time in Pakistan.

Resignation as CIA Director

On 9 November 2012, David Petraeus has announced that he has resigned as CIA Director citing extramartial affair. He has sent a communication about his resignation to the CIA workforce. The FBI found out about the affair when they were investigating another case to find out if Petraeus' computer has been compromised. The affair was allegedly with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

Resignation Letter

HEADQUARTERS Central Intelligence Agency

9 November 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation's Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.

Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life's greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.

Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.

With admiration and appreciation,
David H. Petraeus

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