Change in command of US-NATO forces in Afghanistan

Mar 2, 2016 9:53 AM by Cheryl Wengren

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A new U.S. general has inherited America's longest war and a vicious insurgency.

Army General John W. "Mick" Nicholson today took command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The 58-year-old replaces U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and an escalation in the Taliban's war against Kabul.

In a ceremony at the headquarters of the U.S.-NATO Resolute Support mission in Kabul, Nicholson thanked NATO representatives for standing by the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks on "the homeland."

To the Taliban, he said: "I know you. You have brought only hardship and suffering to the Afghan people."


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