The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has apologized for remarks in a new magazine article in which he and his aides appear to be critical of officials in the Obama administration.
In a statement, General Stanley McChrystal said he extends his "sincerest apology" for the comments in "Rolling Stone" magazine, saying the remarks were a "mistake reflecting poor judgment" and should never have happened.
The statement added that McChrystal has "enormous respect and admiration" for President Barack Obama and his national security team.
In the article, McChrystal jokes sarcastically in reference to Vice President Joe Biden, who has been known to be a skeptic of McChrystal's strategy for the Afghan conflict.
The article also contains unflattering comments regarding the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, and the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.
compiled from agency reports