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US Senate Panel Confirms Petraeus As New Iraq Commander January 24, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Military News, US News.
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NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The Senate Armed Service Committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of U.S. Amy Lt. Gen. David Petraeus to head U.S. forces in Iraq, Cable News Network reported.

The committee sent the nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to approve the nomination Thursday, including promoting Petraeus to four-star rank for the top military post in Iraq.

President George W. Bush named Petraeus to replace Gen. George Casey as part of a revamping of his top military and diplomatic officials in Iraq and the Middle East. While Bush’s proposal to add 21,500 more U.S. troops to the roughly 132,000 already in Iraq is being widely criticized in Congress, the choice of Petraeus hasn’t been controversial.

Petraeus, 54, has served two previous year-long tours in Iraq – as commander of the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion in March 2003 and as commander of the training program for the Iraqi Army in 2004-05.

Casey has been nominated to be the next Army chief of staff.

The committee approved the nomination by a unanimous vote in an impromptu meeting in the Capitol, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a member of the panel.

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