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FBI promotes Detroit FBI chief Abbate to assistant director in Washington Field Office

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DETROIT — Special Agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit Paul Abbate has been promoted to assistant director in charge of the bureau's field office in Washington.

The FBI announced the move on its website.

Abbate has run the FBI's Detroit Division since October 2013 after a stint as special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, Counterterrorism Division. He also served as temporary on-scene commander in Libya.

The FBI says Abbate joined the bureau in 1996 as a special agent assigned to the New York Field Office. He was transferred in 2003 to the Counterterrorism Division's Iraq Unit as supervisory special agent. Abbate was deployed to Iraq two years later as senior FBI liaison officer to the Defense department.

He also has led counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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