Donald Trump has appointed John Bass as the new ambassador to Afghanistan. In a written statement ” the white house played up Bass’s experience in tackling terrorism. “Mr Bass has spent much of the past decade in supporting government efforts to mobiles allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria and southwest Asia”. Bass has been posted in Turkey since 2014 and has steered US Turkey relations through an unsuccessful coup attempt and tension over Syria and the presence in the United States of a rival to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His nomination comes as the Trump administration finalises an Afghanistan strategy review that is likely to result in more US boots on the ground.