General John Allen has taken over command of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He is taking over from General Petraeus.
The Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, thanked the outgoing general for his work:
“General Petraeus took command of ISAF at a key moment. He oversaw the surge in international forces which took the fight to the insurgency, and prepared the ground for the transition to Afghan security lead. He leaves Afghanistan a stronger place than he found it. I thank him for his tireless commitment to our mission.”
Bamiyan province became the first area of Afghanistan to transition to an Afghan-led security arrangement on Sunday 17th July, starting the planned transition which will culminate in the withdrawal of all foreign forces in the central Asian nation by 2014.