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US Senate approves new military commander in Afghanistan

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The United States Senators have approved the appointment of a new commander for the US and NATO’s Resolute Support Forces in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the 17th commander to oversee the American and NATO mission in Afghanistan, will succeed Gen. John Nicholson in that role.

He received his fourth star as part of the confirmation process. According to several media reports, he was tossed a question on plans to turn around the 17-year-old war.

To which Miller replied, “I can’t guarantee you a timeline or an end date. I know that going into this position. Or offer necessarily a turning point, unless there is one, unless there’s something to report back and something has changed.”

Lt. Gen. Miller is currently the head of Joint Special Operations Command. In that capacity, he oversees the elite Special Mission Units, including the Navy’s SEAL Team Six and the Army’s Delta Force.

He also served as the commander of the special operations in Afghanistan from June 2013 to June 2014.