US nominates top Marine to lead Afghan occupation

General Joseph Dunford if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would replace General John Allen, who took over command of the Afghan mission in July 2011.

US nominates top Marine to lead Afghan occupation

World Bulletin / News Desk 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated General Joseph Dunford, the No. 2 Marine officer, to lead Afghan occupation and oversee plans to withdraw most of America's combat forces from the country by the end of 2014.

Dunford, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would replace General John Allen, who took over command of troops in July 2011 and was nominated by the president on Wednesday to become supreme allied commander in Europe.

Dunford, who served in Iraq occupation, has been assistant commandant of the Marine Corps since October 2010, had been widely expected to take charge of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan as Allen rotated out of the post.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ekim 2012, 13:06
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