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New ISAF commander takes the reins in Afghanistan; says security deal is a 'longer-term' issue

The incoming No. 2 American commander Afghanistan says his immediate focus is on supporting Afghan elections — not on the possibility of U.S. troops remaining after the NATO-led combat mission ends.

At a Saturday ceremony in Kabul, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley handed over International Security Assistance Force Joint Command to Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson.

It was the last such ceremony for the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, whose mandate expires at the end of 2014.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has delayed signing a deal that would allow some U.S. forces to remain in the country, which Anderson said Saturday gives him a "little bit of pause" but is ultimately a "longer term issue."

He said the April 5 election and early summer fighting season have more immediacy.