July 18 - U.S. General David Petraeus, the new director of the CIA, hands over command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan. Nick Rowlands reports.
US General David Petraeus hands over command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan to Lieutenant General John Allen. During his year in command of the International Security Assistance Forces, Petraeus oversaw the arrival of 30,000 extra U.S. personnel, which helped stop the momentum of a growing Taliban insurgency. Violence across Afghanistan during 2010 was the worst since 2001. At the ceremony at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Lieutenant General Allen, the new commander of the NATO-led forces, acknowledged there was still work to be done. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIEUTENANT GENERAL JOHN ALLEN , THE NEW COMMANDER OF NATO FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN: "It is my intention to maintain the momentum of this campaign, this great campaign on which we have embarked. I will continue to support, in every way possible, the recruiting the training, the preparation and the equipping and the fielding and employment of the Afghan national security forces." The handover comes a day after the start of a gradual process of transferring security responsibilities in the country to Afghan forces. General Petraeus was also honoured by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Petraeus is returning to Washington to take over as director of the CIA. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.