African-American Expected to be Named US Commander in Iraq

April 14, 2010  |  

(TheGrio/AP) — The senior U.S. general in Iraq since 2008, Gen. Ray Odierno, will be succeeded by a leading Pentagon general at the end of the summer, military officials said Monday.

His replacement is Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the staff director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the officials said.

Military officials spoke about the change on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrel said Defense Secretary Robert Gates has not yet made a recommendation to the White House for Odierno’s successor.

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