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US Senate nominates Gen Dunford as new ISAF commander

US Senate nominates Gen Dunford as new ISAF commander

Nov 30, 2012 - 12:42

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): A key Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Gen Joseph Dunford as the new commander of the United States and NATOinfo-icon troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Dunford’s nomination with a voice vote along with those of some 285 other pending military nominations.

The committee approved the military nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, including nomination of Dunford as the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) and the US forces in Afghanistan, the committee said in a statement.

In October, US President Barack Obama had nominated Dunford as the next commander to Afghanistan to replace General John Allen.

Dunford currently serves as the Assistant Commandant of the US Marine Corps.

“I have full confidence in his extensive experience, strategic leadership and vision. If confirmed by the Senate, he will lead our forces through key milestones in our effort to bring the war to a close responsibly, as Afghanistan takes full responsibility for its security,” Obama had said.

The committee held his confirmation hearing on November 15.


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