November 24, 2014

Senate Panel OKs Gen. Dunford to lead Afghan war

By Sayed Jawad - Fri Nov 30 2012, 8:00 pm

The Senate Armed Services Committee has given its support to the nomination of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who grew up in Quincy, to lead U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

By voice vote Thursday, the panel cleared the way for the full Senate to vote on Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps who had directed combat forces in Iraq.

Dunford would replace Gen. John Allen, the current commander in Afghanistan who has been nominated to take charge in Europe.

Allen’s nomination is suddenly on hold as he’s ensnared in the sex scandal that had led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus.

His confirmation still awaits a floor vote from the full Senate, but receiving the approval of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday makes his confirmation likely.

The committee voted to recommend 285 pending military nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps in a single vote.

Dunford led a combat regiment in the initial stages of the Iraq invasion and currently he is the Marines’ second in command.

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