US Gen John Nicholson tapped for top job in Afghanistan

28 Jan, 2016 10:04 am

WASHINGTON (92 News) – The US Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson, the current head of NATO’s Allied Land Command, has been chosen as the new commander of international forces in Afghanistan.

The US Army Lt Gen John W “Mick” Nicholson, if confirmed by the Senate, will replace Army Gen John F Campbell as the top US commander in Afghanistan. Nicholson is a veteran of multiple deployments in Afghanistan. He commanded the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment as well as the 82nd Airborne Division.

“He understands the importance and complexity of our mission in Afghanistan,” Cook said, having served previously as chief of staff of operations for the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, and US Forces Afghanistan.

The transition comes amid growing concern about the security situation in Afghanistan, where Taliban militants have caused large numbers of casualties among Afghan troops and Islamic State affiliates have made some inroads.

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