Senate Panel OKs Dunford's Nomination

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved President Barack Obama's choice to be the top military commander in Afghanistan.

The panel cleared the way Thursday for the full Senate to vote on Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps who had directed combat forces in Iraq.

Dunford would replace Gen. John Allen, the current commander in Afghanistan who has been nominated to take charge in Europe.

Allen's nomination is on hold as he's ensnared in the sex scandal that led to the recent resignation of CIA director David Petraeus.

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