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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June 22nd, 2011
08:44 AM ET

Arrest of Pakistani officer revives fears of extremism within military

By Tim Lister and Aliza Kassim, CNN

Brigadier General Ali Khan was close to retiring at the end of a distinguished career in the Pakistani Army when he was detained early in May - and accused of links with an outlawed Islamist group.

His arrest, which became public Tuesday, shocked fellow officers at army headquarters and again raises the specter that senior ranks of the Pakistani officer corps may be infiltrated by Islamist militants.

Brigadier Khan is the most senior officer to face such allegations since 1995, according to a CNN analysis of previous cases. FULL POST

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