U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates named his top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, on Wednesday to lead U.S. Central Command, responsible for all Middle East operations, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I recommended him to the president because I am absolutely confident he is the best man for the job," Gates said.
The Pentagon chief said President George W. Bush had approved his recommendation and would send the nomination to the U.S. Senate.
Gates also named Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, recently the No. 2 commander in Iraq, to replace Petraeus as top commander in that war.
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