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U.S. Senate Approves New Afghan Ambassador

U.S.Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham
The U.S. Senate has confirmed career diplomat James Cunningham as the country's next ambassador to Afghanistan.

He is replacing Ryan Crocker, who stepped down for health reasons in May after a career in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon.

Cunningham has been serving as deputy ambassador in Kabul for more than a year.

He was previously the U.S. ambassador to Israel and has also held senior U.S. posts in Hong Kong, NATO, and the United Nations.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters