WASHINGTON — The White House will nominate a veteran Special Operations commander to lead U.S. Central Command, underscoring the Obama administration’s affinity for using secretive elite military forces in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Senior officials this week approved Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who has headed U.S. Special Operations Command since Aug. 2014, as the White House nominee to command CENTCOM, said a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions.

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