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American General Austin Scott Miller on Sunday replaced General John Nicholson as commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

In his address at the respective ceremony held in Kabul, Miller stated that will have to make tough decisions, reported Deutsche Welle (DW). He noted that military pressure is needed to ensure preconditions for a political reconciliation in Afghanistan.

A total of 16,000 NATO soldiers under Miller are deployed in Afghanistan, and, for the most part, they train Afghan government troops. 

Austin Scott Miller, who previously served as commander of the US Joint Special Operations Command, is the first American military commander to be appointed to this post by the administration of President Donald Trump.

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