General John Allen takes over from General David Petraeus as commander of US-led international forces in Afghanistan. Hours after the handover, NATO reported that three service members were killed by a bomb in the country’s east. Al Jazeera‘s Rosiland Jordan at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., profiles the new man in charge.
But, the American Forces Press Service’s Donna Miles remarks, ‘[a]s much of the nation focuses on drawdown plans in Afghanistan, Army Reservists from the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion are preparing to deploy there this week to ensure security progress made has the opportunity to stick. The unit, with headquarters in Encino, Calif., will deploy to Kandahar province to help Afghanistan extend the reach of its national and provincial governments to provide infrastructure and services to the Afghan people. With almost a month of mobilization preparations and pre-deployment training now under their belts, the Soldiers say they’re ready to get on with the mission so they can make a difference’.
 Donna Miles, “Reservists deploy to help build Afghanistan” U.S. Army (15 July 2011). http://www.army.mil/article/61592/Reservists_deploy_to_help_build_Afghanistan/.