Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Petraeus set for Central Command


US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has recommended the top military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, be appointed head of US Central Command.

CentCom covers an area from the Horn of Africa into central Asia and includes all operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gen Petraeus's appointment is subject to the approval of the US Senate.

He would replace Navy Adm William Fallon, who stepped down in March after a reported split with President George W Bush over his policy on Iran.

An article by Esquire magazine, titled The Man Between War and Peace, said he was opposed to the use of force against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear activities.

Adm Fallon said the report, while not true, had become a distraction.......

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