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Sonja Elmquist
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Gates nominates new CentCom commander, talks about press restrictions

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Thursday the nomination of Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as commander of U.S. Central Command. If confirmed, Mattis would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who last week assumed command of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and would be responsible forĀ U.S. forces in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian Gulf, including Iraq and Afghanistan.