Obama nominates Dunford to head NATO forces in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 19:00 hrs

Washington, Oct 11 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Wednesday nominated General Joseph Dunford as the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The nomination was made, as General John Allen moves on to be the next Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of US European Command, Xinhua reported.

In a statement, Obama said he has "full confidence" in Dunford' s extensive experience, strategic leadership and vision. Dunford currently serves as assistant commandant of the US Marine Corps.

If confirmed by the Senate, Obama said Dunford "will lead our forces through key milestones in our effort that will allow us to bring the war to a close responsibly as Afghanistan takes full responsibility for its security."

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