New NATO Commander Raises
by Vanessa Mock
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Human rights groups have expressed concern over the appointment of NATO's new military chief who was sworn in at the Alliance's military headquarters in Belgium on Thursday.
General Bantz John Craddock, who is taking over from General James Jones as Supreme Commander of all NATO forces, has a long and glittering military career. But there is one major stain on his otherwise impeccable military record - Guantanamo Bay.
General Craddock was previously responsible for the US prison camp which has led to campaign groups Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International questioning his suitability for the new post. Sam Zarifi, Research Director for Asia for HRW, says Craddock will be closely watched, particularly in his handling of detainees in Afghanistan:
"General Craddock definitely goes to Europe with a bit of a dark spot on his resume. That's especially alarming as we now have serious concerns over how NATO is treating detainees in Afghanistan. So we fully expected Craddock to use this opportunity to clear his name."
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