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White House Announces Shuffle Of Military Leaders In Iraq January 5, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News, White House, World News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The White House announced Friday a shuffling of U.S. military leaders in the Iraq war, confirming media reports.

President George W. Bush will nominate Adm. William Fallon, who commands U.S. forces in the Pacific, to replace Gen. John Abizaid as top U.S. commander in the Middle East. The president will also nominate Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, who headed the effort to train Iraqi security forces, to replace Gen. George Casey as top American general in Iraq.

Casey in turn will replace the retiring Gen. Peter Schoomaker as Army chief of staff.

“The president has accepted these recommendations and will be forwarding the nominations, and he’s pleased to do so,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said.

The appointments, which will have to be confirmed by the Senate, represent a visible demonstration of Bush’s desire to shift gears in Iraq. The changes come just days before the president plans to announce a new strategy in the grueling war, now nearly four years old, in which more than 3,000 U.S. troops have been killed.

Bush’s new strategy is expected to entail new political, military and economic steps. The military approach, which has attracted the most attention and skepticism from Congress, is expected to include an increase in U.S. forces, possibly 9,000 additional troops deployed to the Baghdad capital alone.

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