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NATO troops in Afghanistan have gained a new commander

June 4 2008

International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, met with the new chief - it was Gen. David Makkernan. The military commander said that the military mission in that troubled part of the world will stand on.

The former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen. Dan McNeill during a special ceremony in Kabul with the participation of President Hamid Karzai handed his powers to General Makkernanu.

"Our mission here will go on without any hitches, despite the shift commander" - assured the new commander. "This mission is to support the Afghan government in providing security and reconstruction." "The militants, foreign terrorists, criminals, all those who will be on the implementation of our mission, we will have to work" - underlined the commander.

In turn, the Afghan president said that predicts dark days ahead. "We will bear the losses will die NATO soldiers, Afghan soldiers - said the president. - But we need to maintain stability. " In general, from the mouth of the president of Afghanistan, who next year intends to fight for reelection, getting louder in recent months distributed criticism of NATO units, ITAR-TASS.

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