General Austin Miller, the new commander of the international coalition forces in Afghanistan

In Kabul on Sunday, took office on 17-th commander of NATO forces and the United States in Afghanistan, where there is the most protracted war in American history. General of the US army Austin Scott Miller (Scott Miller Austin) took over the command at a moment when Afghanistan is in a mixed state of hope, anxiety and uncertainty.

In June, during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the country started to operate the first truce between warring factions, and then the emissaries of the Taliban met with U.S. officials in Qatar. Then there were hopes to start talks with the Taliban about a political settlement of the conflict that spanned 17 years.