Suspected bandits shot dead two health workers attached to Makosa village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State for polio vaccine. The two health workers whose names were given as Lawali Suleiman and Aliyu Mohammed popularly known as Aliyu Invitation (pictured) were on duty supervising […]
US President Donald Trump has named a former army general with long experience in the Middle East as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post that has been vacant since Joseph Westphal left in January 2017.
John Abizaid, a retired four-star army general of Lebanese Christian descent, is prominent for his stint as the longest-chief of US Central Command – of which the Middle East is part – starting shortly after the Iraq war in 2003 all the way through to 2007.
He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, after which he earned a scholarship to go study Arabic in Jordan, a language he did not speak as a child.
Abizaid also attended Harvard University where he obtained a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies. His thesis focused on Saudi Arabia’s weapons procurement policy.
The 67-year-old’s appointment, which will have to be approved by the Senate, comes at…