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Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti picked to lead US forces in S.Korea

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A US Army officer who served at the top echelon in the Afghanistan war and at the Pentagon has been picked to lead American forces in South Korea, according to officials. 

Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of ISAF Joint Command, holds a press conference with the US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 15, 2012. Scaparrotti, who served at the top echelon in the Afghanistan war and at the Pentagon, has been picked to lead American forces in South Korea, according to officials.

Lieutenant General Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, if confirmed by the Senate, will take over at a delicate moment after North Korea toned down weeks of bellicose rhetoric that saw tensions soar and US forces reinforced in the region.

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