1. CHANGING OF THE GUARD

    Gen. Allen Hands Over Afghan Command

    Pool photo by Omar Sobhani

    Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford will take over the command of NATO troops in Afghanistan on Sunday, as U.S. Gen. John Allen said the troops had come a “long way” toward winning the counterinsurgency. “I think we are on the road to winning," Allen told the BBC. Allen, cleared last month of allegedly sending inappropriate emails to a woman linked to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus, will take over the NATO command in Europe. Dunford is expected to be the the force’s last commander, as the U.S. has insisted it will hand over the reins to Afghan forces in 2014. “Today is not about change, it’s about continuity,” Dunford said in a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul on Sunday. “What has not changed is the will of this coalition.”

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