The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Gen. David Petraeus next Tuesday so he can take the reins of allied forces in Afghanistan. 

The announcement comes one day after President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats cannot afford to play hardball on immigration reform Trump's tariffs are a case of crony capitalism Obama to visit Kenya, South Africa for Obama Foundation in July MORE named Petraeus, currently the head of the U.S. Central Command, to the post. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinHow House Republicans scrambled the Russia probe Congress dangerously wields its oversight power in Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate MORE (D-Mich.) had said Wednesday that he would schedule the hearing no later than next Tuesday. 


If confirmed, Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whom Obama relieved of his command after he and his aides made controversial comments denigrating administration officials that were published in Rolling Stone magazine. In a Rose Garden statement Wednesday, Obama urged quick confirmation of Petraeus to ensure a seamless transition. 

Petraeus is expected to have a smooth confirmation; the architect of the 2007 Iraq troop surge received almost unanimous praise from both Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday. 

But questions will likely be raised about the nearly nine-year conflict since allied forces have experience setbacks in the last few months. June was the deadliest month on record for coalition forces.