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General from Baltimore County heads up Trump's new Afghanistan war effort

General from Baltimore County heads up Trump's new Afghanistan war effort

Call it a Smalltimore moment. When Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. met Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger at a spartan military post in Afghanistan last year, they ran through the list: Ravens, Orioles and people they knew in common.

“We just talked local for a while,” Ruppersberger said.

Then they turned to business. Ruppersberger was there to be briefed by Nicholson, a 1975 Gilman School graduate who grew up in the Towson area and is now the top NATO and U.S. military officer in Afghanistan. It’s a role he’s held since early last year, but it took on new prominence this week as President Donald Trump outlined his plans to revamp the nation’s strategy there and...

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