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U.S. General Heading Afghan Campaign Sees ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis As Inspiring Leader

John Nicholson, the head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, says he sees a continuation of U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan after President-elect Donald Trump’s administration assumes office next month. Nicholson is adamant that the nominated U.S. defense secretary, retired U.S. Marine Corps James Mattis, known within military circles by the nickname "Mad Dog," is an inspirational leader. He says Mattis’s deep experience in Afghanistan and the region and will provide great leadership.