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Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left), commander of the U.S. Central Command, had wanted to be more aggressive in using ground troops in Iraq but did not win his superiors' or the White House's OK. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told Congress on Wednesday that violence is expanding between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East, and warned that Syria's conflict is producing a generation of terrorists. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told Congress on Wednesday that violence is expanding between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East, and warned that Syria's conflict is producing a generation of terrorists. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The Senate Armed Services Committee meets on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 14, 2013, to consider the nominations of Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left) for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of the U.S. Central Command, and Gen. David M. Rodriguez (right) for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of the U.S. Africa Command. (Associated Press)