US General John Nicholson named NATO commander in Afghanistan


Who: US General John Nicholson
What: Named as NATO commander in Afghanistan
When: 4 February 2016

Army Lieutenant General John Nicholson was appointed as the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan. His nomination to the post was confirmed by US Senate committee on 4 February 2016.

He succeeded US General John Campbell who has been leading the Afghan operations for nearly 18 months.

The powerful Senate Armed Services Committee confirmed Nicholson’s nomination during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan where the outgoing commander US General John Campbell testified before the Senators.

At present, Nicholas was US Army commander of NATO land forces.

Earlier, he had served in multiple capacities like chief of staff of operations for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and US Forces – Afghanistan, director of Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell for the Joint Staff, and deputy commander – Stability of ISAF Regional Command – South.