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CIA director David Petraeus resigns citing extramarital affair. NBC reported that the resignation was submitted Friday and was accepted by the White House.

In a letter, Mr. Petraeus said he had exercised "extremely poor judgment' in conducting an extramarital affair.

Mr. Petraeus, who has been married for 37 years, took over as head of the CIA in 2011 following. He was formerly head of allied forces in Afghanistan. President Barak Obama enlisted Gen. Petraeus to take over at the CIA as part of a major shuffle of his national security team, which included Leon Panetta moving from CIA chief to defense secretary.

Mr. Petraeus was credited with helping to turn around the Iraq war and also set in motion Mr. Obama’s revamped strategy in Afghanistan aimed at halting the momentum of Taliban insurgents and laying the groundwork for a gradual troop withdrawal.

Mr. Petraeus takes over at the CIA less than a week before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington that drew the United States into a protracted fight against al-Qaeda and its Islamist allies.

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