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Nomination Hearing for Top Commander in Afghanistan

Washington, DC
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last month, President Obama nominated Gen. Joseph Dunford to replace Gen. John Allen as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan.

Gen. Dunford led combat missions at the beginning of the 2003 Iraq invasion. He also served as commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander of Marine Forces at Central Command before he was appointed the Marines’ second-in-command in 2010.

If confirmed, Dunford would guide U.S. and Afghan forces through the transition to finalize Afghan army combat training while reducing U.S. bases in the region.

As Commander, Dunford would become the sixth American commander to lead the war in Afghanistan since the conflict began 11 years ago.

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:16pm (ET)

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