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US Senate committee confirms Gen Petraeus as new Afghanistan commander

US Senate committee confirms Gen Petraeus as new Afghanistan commander 30 Jun 2010 A key Senate committee on Tuesday confirmed General David Petraeus as the new US and NATO commander in Afghanistan after a hearing marked by bickering over the July, 2011, troop withdrawal deadline. The Senate Armed Services Committee, where he testified earlier in the day, confirmed his nomination by a voice vote. His nomination now goes to the full Senate for confirmation.