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Gen. Allen Hands Off Command of Afghanistan to Gen. Dunford

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford is officially the new commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Dunford takes over for Marine Gen. John Allen, who stepped down Sunday during a ceremony in Kabul.  Allen has been nominated by President Obama to become NATO's supreme commander.

Allen's nomination appeared in jeopardy last fall after he was named in a Pentagon probe of possible wrongdoing for email exchanges with Tampa, Fla., socialite Jill Kelley.  However, the general was cleared of any improprieties in January.

In his final statement as the top commander in Afghanistan, a post he assumed 18 months earlier, Allen said he was encouraged by the development of national forces who will assume all security responsibilities from U.S. and NATO troops during the spring.

However, Allen cautioned that it will be up to the Afghan government to break free of its culture of corruption when elections are held next year.  Both the U.S. and the international community have promised to support Afghanistan well after most of their soldiers withdraw in 2014.

Meanwhile, new commander Dunford, whose nickname is "Fighting Joe," is a well-respected military leader who helped lead the U.S. invasion of Iraq nearly 10 years ago.

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Obama Nominates New Commander for Afghanistan

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury(WASHINGTON) -- Handling the war in Afghanistan is destined to become Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford's responsibility early next year.

The Obama administration on Wednesday nominated Dunford to replace Gen. John Allen as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.  In turn, the White House wants Allen, who's been on the job in Afghanistan since July 2011, to become the next supreme allied commander in Europe.

Both promotions have to first be approved by the Senate.

President Obama said in a statement that Dunford “will lead our forces through key milestones in our effort that will allow us to bring the war to a close responsibly as Afghanistan takes full responsibility for its security.”

Dunford, who led a Marine regiment in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and later took a top spot in commanding troops there, will have his work cut out for him in Afghanistan as he'll primarily oversee the further transfer of security responsibilities to national forces while U.S. and coalition troops prepare to exit the country at some point in 2014.

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