U.S. Marine general takes over NATO forces in Afghanistan
U.S. General Joseph F. Dunford (right) pictured with former NATO commander U.S. General John Allen in Kabul.
February 11th, 2013
04:41 AM ET

U.S. Marine general takes over NATO forces in Afghanistan

By Chelsea J. Carter and Aliza Kassim

U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took command Sunday of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where he will oversee the final two years of the war and the withdrawal of nearly all troops.

"Today is not about change, it's about continuity," Dunford said at a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul attended by his predecessor Marine Gen. John Allen and other senior NATO and Afghan officials.

"I'll endeavor to continue the momentum of the campaign and support the people of Afghanistan as they seize the opportunity for a brighter future."

Dunford replaces Allen, whose final days as ISAF commander were marred by an investigation linked to the scandal that led to the resignation of his predecessor David Petreaus as the director of the CIA.

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  1. Mark

    Afghanistan is as much a tribal war as anything. From a purely Military point of view, you know who was really good at tribal warfare? Phillip B Sheridan. For better or worse his tactics ended the plains wars after the government tried years of COIN type operations. COIN has worked in bits and pieces but the scope has been much too moderate to have a lasting effect.. If you're not willing to go the Sheridan route, then you need to go home.

    February 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply

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