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US Marine Joseph Dunford took over the Command of ISAF in Afghanistan

Feb 11, 2013 16:06 IST

US Marine General Joseph Dunford took over the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan at a change over ceremony in Kabul on 10 February 2013. He succeeded US Marine General John Allen who became the longest-serving ISAF commander in the eleven year old war against terror in Afghanistan by completing 19 months at the office. General Dunford previously served in various capacities in the U.S. Marine Corps including as its Assistant Commandant.

Joseph Dunford will head the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the final two years of the war, and may to be the last commander to serve in Afghanistan, as Afghan soldiers take over from coalition forces in time for a full withdrawal in 2014.

Dunford will be the fifth top allied commander to lead in Afghanistan in five years.

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