British general in interim charge of NATO Afghan force: govt

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British Lieutenant General Nick Parker has taken interim command of NATO's Afghan forces following the departure of US General Stanley McChrystal, Downing Street said Wednesday.

The decision came in a conversation between British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama, after the president relieved McChrystal of his duties, said Downing Street in a statement.

"Pending General (David) Petraeus's confirmation by Congress, the British Deputy Commander of (NATO's International Security Assistance Force) ISAF, Lt Gen Nick Parker, has assumed command," said the statement.

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