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Retired General Takes Charge at US Spy Agency

Director of the CIA, David Petraeus (R), speaks following his swearing-in ceremony with his wife Holly Knowlton Petraeus (C), and Vice President Joe Biden (L), in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, September 6, 2011.

The former U.S. general who masterminded the troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan is now officially giving orders at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Newly retired U.S. General David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA chief Tuesday in a private ceremony at the White House, led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Petraeus becomes the CIA's 20th director less than a week before the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. He takes over for CIA Director Leon Panetta, who left to become Secretary of Defense.

The 58-year-old Petraeus spent 37 years with the U.S. Army, most recently commanding NATO-led forces in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.