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New Coalition Chief Promises Commitment

May 28, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Army Maj. Gen. John R. Vines took control of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, vowing that the United States and its allies would remain committed to achieving stability. But with rebels and Al Qaeda fighters still launching hit-and-run attacks, he said, maintaining security will not be easy.

Vines replaced Army Lt. Gen. Dan K. McNeill. U.S. military spokesman Col. Rodney Davis called the change in leadership routine. American commanders and troops in Afghanistan regularly serve tours of duty that don't exceed a year.

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