The Pentagon will name Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller as the next commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, the ninth U.S. general to lead in the 17-year war, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Senior military officials told the Journal that Miller will replace current commander Gen. John Nicholson, who has been in charge of the Afghan war since March 2016.
Miller will be the first commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan appointed under President Trump.
The three-star general has spent the past two years in charge of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the elite Special Mission Units. Those units include the Navy’s SEAL Team Six and the Army’s Delta Force, which perform highly classified activities.