Biden appoints Iraqi veteran to lead US Middle East operations


President Joe Biden appoints Army Lt. Gen. Michael Kurilla as head of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Pentagon said on Friday.

If confirmed by the Senate, General Kurilla will succeed Marine General Kenneth McKenzie as head of Centcom, which oversees military operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

According to his official biography, Kurilla, 55, currently leads the 18th Airborne Corps, which brings together the majority of the US Army’s response force at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

A graduate of West Point, he fought in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he was seriously wounded by gunshot wounds during an assault on Mosul in 2005. Kurilla also held responsibilities in the military staff. United States Army and commanded the prestigious 82nd Parachute Division, known to have participated in the Normandy landings in 1944.

The American army is organized in geographic commands like Africom for Africa or Eucom for Europe, but also by stakes like the strategic command (Stratcom), in charge of the nuclear armament of the country, or Spacecom, in charge of space.



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