nominates top U.S. general in Afghanistan to lead Marines
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[June 06, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President
Barack Obama has nominated the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan,
General Joseph Dunford, to head the Marines, the Pentagon said on
Thursday, in an expected move that will put a new leader in charge of
wrapping up America's longest war.
Dunford, who has led the war effort in Afghanistan since February
2013, will replace General James Amos as the next commandant of the
Marine Corps, its top uniformed position.
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said no decision has been
made on the timing of Dunford's departure from Afghanistan, where he
has focused on building Afghan security forces ahead of the end of
NATO's combat mission this year.
Obama announced last week that the United States will cut its force
in Afghanistan to 9,800 from the start of next year. The U.S.
military will withdraw all of its forces, except for a smaller U.S.
embassy presence, by the end of 2016.
"We donít have a specific timeline for when he will transition
command or for who will replace" him in Afghanistan, Warren told
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Amos praised the decision, calling Dunford "one of the most
knowledgeable and talented leaders and thinkers in the military
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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