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Change of top military brass in Kosovo

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Germany has taken over the command of the NATO force in Kosovo from Italian troops.

A German Lt. General becomes the 14th commander of KFOR, at a time when the alliance plans to reduce its troops in Kosovo. The commander acknowledges that the job will be a challenge with fewer soldiers. KFOR currently has just under 14,000 troops in Kosovo, with the major contributing countries Germany, Italy, the US and France. NATO wants to reduce its force to about 10,000 troops by early next year, and more cuts are expected after that. Kosovo declared unilateral independence from Serbia last year.