| GEO World|
| British general in interim charge of NATO Afghan force: govt|
| Updated at: 0030 PST, Thursday, June 24, 2010|
LONDON: British Lieutenant General Nick Parker has taken interim command of NATO's Afghan forces following the departure of US General Stanley McChrystal, Downing Street said Wednesday.
The decision came in a conversation between British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama, after the president relieved McChrystal of his duties, said Downing Street in a statement.
"Pending General (David) Petraeus's confirmation by Congress, the British Deputy Commander of (NATO's International Security Assistance Force) ISAF, Lt Gen Nick Parker, has assumed command," said the statement.