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22 Jan, 2008 02:58

Top NATO job could go to U.S. army chief in Iraq

The Pentagon is considering recommending General David Petraeus, currently in charge of U.S. forces in Iraq, to be the next NATO Commander. George Bush has been an enthusiastic supporter of General Petraeus, crediting him with overseeing a troop surge and

The move would ensure the General would hold a high-level post during the next U.S. administration.

The appointment could be made later this year, according to a senior Pentagon official. 

By autumn, General Petraeus will have served 19 months in charge of U.S. forces in Iraq.

RT military analyst Evgeny Khrushchev said that if Petraeus is appointed as NATO’s Chief Commander, one of his major objectives will be to focus on the relationship with Russia.

“First of all, the relationship with Russia, and the second [objective] is to keep NATO focused on the mission in Afghanistan,” Khrushchev said.