Baku, March 2, AZERTAC
U.S. Army General John W. "Mick" Nicholson took command Wednesday of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, inheriting America's longest war and a vicious Talban-led insurgency, according to Associated Press.
Nicholson, 58, took over from U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and a subsequent escalation in the Taliban's war against Kabul.
In a ceremony at the headquarters of the U.S.-NATO Resolute Support mission in Kabul, Nicholson thanked NATO representatives for standing by the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks on "the homeland."
Nicholson served in Afghanistan three times between 2006 and 2012. Most recently he was commander of NATO's Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey.
He takes command of around 13,000 international troops, including 9,800 Americans, in Afghanistan. The RS mandate is focused on training and assisting Afghan forces as they take on the insurgency largely on their own.