“Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been picked to take over U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Mattis would replace Army Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO’s top military officer there. The shake-up comes as the American public questions whether the fight in Afghanistan can be won, and the Defense Department is reeling from losing its top war commander, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal. As head of CENTCOM, Mattis would oversee U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as across the Middle East, including Iraq and Iran….” [To read more of this AP/Navy Times story, please click here]
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