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wash­ing­ton » Amid grow­ing con­cern about set­backs in Afghanistan, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has cho­sen Lt. Gen. JohnW. “Mick” Ni­chol­son, Jr., a vet­eran of mul­ti­ple Afghan war de­ploy­ments, as the next top Amer­i­can com­man­der in Kabul, of­fi­cials saidWed­nes­day.

If his se­lec­tion is con­firmed by the Se­nate, Ni­chol­son would suc­ceed Gen. John F. Camp­bell, who is ex­pected to re­tire.

In an­nounc­ing the Ni­chol­son nom­i­na­tion, Pen­tagon press sec­re­tary Peter Cook quoted De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter as ex­press­ing grat­i­tude for Camp­bell’s con­tri­bu­tions, say­ing he has helped put Afghanistan on a “bet­ter path.”

Ni­chol­son, a 1982 grad­u­ate of the U. S. Mil­i­tary Academy atWest Point and a ca­reer in­fantry of­fi­cer, is com­man­der of NATO’s Al­lied Land Com­mand, head­quar­tered at Izmir, Turkey.

He has served nu­mer­ous tours of duty in Afghanistan, start­ing in 2006.

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