Abizaid is of Lebanese descent and has studied the Middle East for years.
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U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top U.S. general from the Iraq War who is of Lebanese descent and has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.From shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq through 2007, he also headed the U.S. Defense Department's Central Command (CENTCOM), which covers the Middle East.Soon after taking over as CENTCOM commander, Abizaid told reporters that U.S. forces were facing a "classical guerrilla-type campaign" from remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.During the 2006 Israeli war against Hezbollah, Abizaid oversaw the evacuation of Americans from Lebanon.
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