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Top US general in Afghan war apologizes

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is apologizing, and an assistant has resigned -- all over a Rolling Stone article.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he used "poor judgment" when he made derogatory comments about President Barack Obama and others in an interview to appear in this week's issue.

McChrystal now says he has "enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team." He also says he respects the civilian leaders and troops fighting the war and that he remains "committed to ensuring its successful outcome."

An official says Duncan Boothby, who set up the interview, resigned today. Boothby is a civilian who worked in the public affairs office at NATO headquarters in Kabul.

Administration officials say the general has been summoned to the White House tomorrow -- for a meeting that he normally attends by way of teleconference.

He's already heard from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who told McChrystal he was deeply disappointed by the comments.

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