Pentagon to pick new commando to head operations in Afghanistan May 23, 2018 0 544 12345 AFPWashingtonThe Pentagon is set to nominate a special operations soldier as the next commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a military official said on Tuesday."We anticipate there's an announcement coming"that Lieutenant General Scott Miller has been nominated for the role, the official said.Miller, 57, has for two years headed up the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and has lengthy experience working with some of America's most elite fighters.If confirmed by the Senate, Miller would take over from General John Nicholson, who is rotating out of his post after a two-year deployment.According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported Miller's selection, he was a captain overseeing a group of Delta Force commandos in the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. That incident was made famous by the book and movie"Black Hawk Down."Miller's deployment to Afghanistan, which would see him promoted to four-star general, comes at a time when local security forces are still struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban and the Islamic State jihadist group has conducted several high-profile suicide attacks.Currently, there are about 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the NATO mission there to support and train local forces.Some of the US forces are involved in counterterrorism operations, particularly against the local IS group. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump says North Korea summit could be delayed May 23, 2018 0 197 Hawaii lava eruption driving away millions in tourism dollars May 23, 2018 0 226 Republicans demand new special counsel in Trump-Russia probe May 23, 2018 0 212 Ryan's speakership under threat as rebellion simmers AFP Washington Outgoing US House Speaker Paul Ryan signaled Tuesday he would remain in his post through November's congressional elections, despite rebellion among Republicans and White House officials hinting .. Post-vote US sanctions 'crime against humanity': Venezuela foreign ministry Reuters CARACAS Venezuela on Tuesday slammed Washington's new round of sanctions following President Nicolas Maduro's disputed re-election over the weekend as"a crime against humanity." The United States .. Brazil president not to re-run, backs Meirelles BRASILIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer scrapped plans to run for re-election on Tuesday and said he supported his former finance minister, Henrique Meirelles, to stand as the presidential candidate of the ruling .. Lava creeps onto geothermal plant site on Hawaii's Big Island (Updates with location of lava in paragraph 2 and statement from the county in paragraph 3) By Terray Sylvester PAHOA, Hawaii, May 21 (Reuters) - Molten lava from the erupting Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island ..