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New Diplomat Expected for Afghanistan

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizadahttps://www.khaama.com
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

WASHINGTON – An administration official said on Tuesday, The veteran diplomat Ryan C. Crocker will most likely soon to be nominated by President Obama as the next United States ambassador to Afghanistan

Mr. Crocker has been the former United States ambassador to Iraq and has worked closely with David H. Petraeus during the Bush administration, the move would pair the two men and would also begin what is expected to be a year of changes In Mr. Obama’s war command. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are both expected to leave their posts soon.

The administration official said, Karl W. Ekenberry, a retired Army lieutenant general and the current ambassador plans to leave soon. Ever since a leaked diplomatic cable surfaced, General Eikenberry has had a distance relationship with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in which General Eikenberry criticized Mr. Karzai as an inadequate strategic partner for the United States.

As the Obama administration is expected to begin withdrawing American troops from the country, Mr. Crocker would be taking over the embassy in Afghanistan.

The administration official said a final decision had not yet been made, however, the pending appointment of Mr. Crocker was first reported by The Associated Press.

Mr. Crocker took over as the American ambassador to Iraq in 2007 while he has also held senior diplomatic posts in Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt.

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