Petreaus is Confirmed; Afghan War Ramps Up

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Senate has unanimously confirmed General David Petraeus as the next commander of the war in Afghanistan.

The 99-0 vote followed a confirmation hearing held yesterday with the Senate Armed Services Committee, which praised his leadership in the Iraq war. Petraeus will replace General Stanley McChrystal, whose three-decade career ended in disgrace from scornful remarks he and his aides made in Rolling Stone magazine, the Associated Press reports. 

In his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Petreaus said the war in Afghanistan is likely to get worse before it gets better, the Washington Post reports.

Meanwhile, violence continues in Afghanistan. The New York Times reports eight insurgents were killed when they attacked a NATO air base, launching grenades and setting off a car bomb.  According to the Times, two NATO soldiers were injured in the attack which took place near Jalalabad, a city in the southern part of the country, at one of NATO's largest bases in Afghanistan.

According to the AP, Wednesday's attack, which the Taliban has claimed responsibility for, was the third ground attack against a NATO base in just five weeks. 

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