Panetta: New Africa Command Leader to Be Nominated

2:15 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says an Army general with extensive experience in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is being nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the military's Africa command, amid growing U.S. worries about terrorism and unrest in that region.

Gen. David Rodriguez, currently head of U.S. Army Forces Command, would be the third Army general to head Africa Command, which was created in 2007.

Panetta says Rodriguez played a key role in the surge of U.S. forces to Afghanistan, when he was the No. 2 U.S. commander there.

The U.S. military's focus on Africa has grown in recent years, with the conflict last year in Libya and the increasing threat of al-Qaida linked terrorists who operate out of safe havens across the northern swath of the continent.

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