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Army general who oversaw Iraq drawdown tapped to be top US commander in Middle East

President Barack Obama has tapped the general who oversaw the final troop withdrawal in Iraq to direct the end of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan.

Gen. Lloyd Austin III, currently vice chief of staff of the Army, would become the next top U.S. commander for the Middle East if the Senate confirms his nomination. Austin would be the first African-American general to lead U.S. Central Command.

An experienced combat leader, Austin headed the 3rd Infantry Division that marched into Baghdad in March 2003. He returned to Iraq in late 2010 to direct the final troop withdrawal and end of the war.

Austin also served in Afghanistan in 2008-09, leading the 10th Mountain Division.

Nearly all international combat troops are to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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