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US General Dunford takes charge of Nato in Afghanistan

Published on Feb 10, 2013 4:00 PM
 
US Marine General Joseph F Dunford speaks during a hearing of the Senate Armed Service Committee on Capitol Hill in this Nov 15, 2012 photo in Washington, DC. Gen Dunford assumed command of Nato forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of combat troops by next year. --PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of combat troops by next year.

Marine general Dunford will likely be the last commander of the United States' longest war, tasked with bringing forces home after more than 11 years and overseeing the transfer of Afghan security duties to local forces.

Despite the persistence of the Taleban's bloody insurgency against President Hamid Karzai's government and NATO forces, Gen Allen, who leaves to become the alliance's supreme commander in Europe, said the coalition was "on the road to winning".

Gen Dunford, a Marine general like Gen Allen who earned the nickname "Fighting Joe" for his leadership in Iraq, took command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a ceremony at the group's headquarters in Kabul seen by an AFP reporter.

 
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