Khalilzad was considered for secretary of state by the Trump transition team.
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The U.S. special envoy is back.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he will name Zalmay Khalilzad to be special adviser for Afghanistan. Khalilzad is the fourth such envoy named in the past month, following Brian Hook, who will handle Iran policy, James Jeffrey, who will run Syria policy and Stephen Biegun, special representative for North Korea.The appointment of special envoys is part of Pompeo's self-described mission to restore "swagger" to the State Department, which suffered significant losses to its senior ranks under his predecessor, Rex Tillerson.Tillerson eschewed special envoys.In reducing positions dedicated to a specific country or policy area, Tillerson was following the lead of Bush's first secretary of state, Colin Powell, who cut a host of special envoys that had been created during President Bill Clinton's two terms in office.Jeffrey, the new special envoy to Syria, is a well-respected retired ambassador who holds the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service.
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