NATO alliance gets new supreme commander

2016-05-04 22:04
NATO's supreme allied commander Europe US Army General Curtis M Scaparrotti at NATO military headquarters in Mons, southern Belgium.  (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

NATO's supreme allied commander Europe US Army General Curtis M Scaparrotti at NATO military headquarters in Mons, southern Belgium. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP)

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Casteau - NATO has a new supreme allied commander, the former top American general in Korea who has said the Western alliance must stand up to Russia and give Ukraine weapons to defend itself.

Army General Curtis M Scaparrotti took over on Wednesday as the military leader responsible for the overall direction and conduct of NATO's global military operations.

The 60-year-old Ohio native succeeds US Air Force General Philip M Breedlove, who handed over command during a ceremony at alliance military headquarters in southern Belgium.

Scaparrotti, a four-star general, previously served as commander of US forces in Korea.

In his new job, he becomes NATO's 18th supreme commander, a position first held by General Dwight D Eisenhower.

Under alliance custom, the commander's job is held by a US general or admiral.

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