CENTCOM's MENA region Commander Austin to leave post

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON Jan 15 (KUNA) -- General Lloyd Austin Commander of operations in the Middle East North Africa and Central Asia under the US Central Command (CENTCOM) will soon leave his post and is expected to be replaced by General Joe Votel once President Barack Obama officially nominates him it was confirmed Thursday.Austin has been CENTCOM commander since 2013 during which he faced a series of disappointments including the fall of Ramadi to the so called Islamic State and the failure to train moderate rebel forces in Syria."I particularly want to thank General Austin for his exemplary work as CENTCOM commander and throughout a long and remarkable career much of which has been spent defeating threats and developing solutions in CENTCOM's area of responsibility" said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to reporters.Votel has a served as Commander of the US Special Operations Command since mid 2014 and was described by Carter as having "a wealth of in-depth politico-military experience working with foreign governments and militaries and therefore well equipped to handle the complex challenges of CENTCOM." The Senate must confirm Obama's nomination of Votel before he may begin work in the position. (end) ak.gta

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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