Gen. Nicholson as new commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

The U.S. President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Lieutenant General John Nicholson was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday.

The Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing with the outgoing commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan General John Campbell.

In his testimony to the committee last week, Gen. Nicholson said he aims to review the current troops withdrawal plan from Afghanistan.

The number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan are expected to be reduced nearly by half as per the current plan, however Gen. Nicholson said the review would be made taking into consideration the deteriorating security situation of the country.

Pentagon’s Press Secretary Peter Cook said during the press briefing last week that Gen. Nicholson understands the importance and complexity of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

Gen. Nicholson has previously as chief of staff of operations for the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, and US Forces Afghanistan.

The outgoing commander of thr U.S. Forces in Afghanistan has commanded the U.S. And international forces for almost 18 months.

Gen. Campbell called the situation as complex in Afghanistan during a hearing to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, expressing concerns regarding the current troop plan, saying the reduction of the troops as per the current plan would limit the train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.

He insisted on an early adjustment to troops withdrawal plan, preferably before summer, saying Afghanistan is not a short-term problem and that it must be viewed in years.

NATO and partner nations need time to prepare troops and equipment for deployment, he explained.

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