Published 04/12/2012 | 03:24
The US Senate has approved President Barack Obama's choice to lead US and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
By voice vote, senators cleared the way for General Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the
US Marine Corps, to take over in
Gen Dunford, who has directed combat forces in
Iraq, would replace Gen
John Allen, the current commander who has been nominated to take charge in Europe.
Allen's nomination is on hold as he is ensnared in the sex scandal that led to the resignation of
Gen Dunford takes charge at a critical time for Mr
Obama and the military as they decide in the coming weeks the pace of drawing down the 66,000 US combat troops in Afghanistan. Dunford.