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Marine Gen Mattis to take over US Central Command

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been picked to take over U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Full story

Troops take leadership change in stride

   Rachel Maddow asks Brigadier General Ben Hodges about how the change in leadership from General McChrystal to General Petraeus is being received by troops in Afghanistan.

Petraeus to clarify U.S. rules of engagement

   Rep. Jane Harman discusses whether Gen. David Petraeus should change the rules of engagement in Afghanistan so U.S. soldiers could better defend themselves.

Will a withdrawal date motivate Afghans?

   Rachel Maddow talks with NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel about whether a deadline for withdrawal serves or undermines U.S. goals in Afghanistan. Engel compares the leadership of General Petraeus with that of General McChrystal.

Iraq, Afghan wars reach crossroads

   As the U.S. plans its withdrawal from Iraq and prepares to ramp up efforts in Afghanistan, there are crucial decisions to be made and challenges to be faced. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

July 4: Nightly News Sunday broadcast

   PETRAEUS, Richard Engel; BIDEN, Andrea Mitchell; OIL CLEANUP, Thanh Truong; FOURTH OF JULY IN GULF, Ron Mott; HEAT WAVE COMING TO NORTHEAST, Kevin Tibbles; WEATHER X-TALK, Samantha Mohr; IOWA PARADE ACCIDENT, Lester Holt; ECO-FRIENDLY BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL, Peter Alexander; LEAKING GAS IN THE GULF, Ro

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  Petraeus takes reins at ‘critical moment’

On the day he formally assumed command, Gen. David Petraeus made the case that Afghanistan, after years of war, could be at a turning point.  NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

  ‘We are in this to win,’ says Petraeus

Officially taking the reins in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus used the ceremony at NATO headquarters to deliver a stern message about the nearly 9-year-old war. NBC’s Richard Engel reports

  Petraeus works to set new tone in Afghanistan

Gen. David Petraeus spoke publicly about how difficult the mission ahead is likely to be, and how important it is for U.S. troops and civilians to work together. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

  Petraeus calls for unity in Afghanistan

In in first public comments since arriving in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus called for troops and civilian staff employees to work together. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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