Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Africom Nominee Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, the Joint Staff’s director for joint force development, speaks during a ceremony to dedicate the Joint Interoperability Training Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 30, 2015. Waldhauser testified before a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to command U.S. Africa Command, June 21, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler Burr

Reuters: Obama pick to lead U.S. military in Africa favors powers to strike Islamic State

President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. military in Africa on Tuesday backed the idea of gaining greater power to strike Islamic State, including in Libya, which he described as the group's Plan B as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria.

Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser told his Senate confirmation hearing that the U.S. military was making preparations for possible military strikes in Libya against the militants.

But Waldhauser noted limitations on the current commander's ability to order strikes against the group in Libya, which require adhering to White House guidance. That differs from the rules of engagement in Iraq or Syria.

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More News On Africom Nominee Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser

Africom Nominee Details Priorities at Confirmation Hearing -- US Department of Defense
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Nominee to lead AFRICOM: Military lacks 'grand strategy' in Libya -- Stars and Stripes
SASC Supports Marine Lt. Gen. Waldhauser’s Nomination For AFRICOM Commander -- USNI News

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