Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, before the the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to become next top American commander in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The American general picked to head the U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan said Thursday it would take years before Afghan forces are fully capable of independently controlling the country's security situation.Lieutenant General John "Mick" Nicholson is slated to replace General John Campbell, whose nearly 18-month tour in Afghanistan is coming to an end.Just over one year ago, the NATO mission in Afghanistan transitioned into an Afghan operation, with allied nations assisting in training and equipping local forces to tackle the Taliban and other groups.
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