Petraeus sworn in as new CIA chief

September 6, 2011 17:48

WASHINGTON - Newly retired General David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on Tuesday, taking over at a time when the line between the US spy agency and the military has become increasingly blurred in the fight against Islamist militancy.

Petraeus, who in a storied 37-year Army career rose to become arguably the US military's brightest star, took the oath of office at a White House ceremony led by Vice President Joe Biden.

President Barack Obama enlisted Petraeus to take over at the CIA as part of a major shuffle of his national security team that included Leon Panetta moving from CIA chief to defense secretary as successor to the retiring Robert Gates.

Petraeus is credited with helping to turn around the Iraq war and also set in motion Obama's revamped strategy in Afghanistan aimed at halting the momentum of the Taliban insurgency and laying the groundwork for a gradual US troop drawdown.

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