News - Afghanistan
The US Senate approved President Barack Obama's choice to be the new top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford.
By voice vote on Monday, lawmakers cleared the way for Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, to take over as head of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.
Dunford will replace current commander Gen. John Allen who has been nominated to take the helm in Europe.
Allen's nomination is on hold while he is investigated for any involvement in the scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus.
Dunford takes charge at a critical time for Obama and the military as they decide in the coming weeks on the pace of drawing down the 66,000 US combat troops in Afghanistan.
He has directed combat forces in Iraq.