Monday, February 11, 2013

A New NATO Commander For Afghanistan

NATO's Afghanistan Force Gets New U.S. Commander -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps general who will oversee the withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan and wind down America's longest war took command of NATO-led forces on Sunday at a change-of-command ceremony that emphasized Afghan sovereignty.

General Joseph Dunford took charge of the International Security Assistance Force from Marine Corps General John Allen, who ended a 19-month tour that was arguably one of the most difficult periods in the war, now in its 11th year.

"Today is not about change, it's about continuity. What has not changed is the will of this coalition ... What has not changed is the inevitability of our success," Dunford told a crowd of foreign and Afghan officials in an aging gymnasium at the barricaded ISAF headquarters.

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More News On The Change of NATO Commander In Afghanistan

General Joseph Dunford takes over as Nato commander in Afghanistan
-- The Guardian
New US commander to oversee troop drawdown in Afghanistan -- The Guardian
U.S. Marine general takes over NATO forces in Afghanistan -- CNN
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford takes the helm in Afghanistan -- CBS/AP
US General Says Afghan Victory Coming
-- Voice of America
Afghan Isaf commander John Allen sees 'road to winning' -- BBC
Outgoing general predicts an Afghanistan liberated from foreign intrigue -- Christian Science Monitor
Worldview: Risks abound for the latest U.S. commander in Afghanistan
-- Trudy Rubin,

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