Rich Leiby‘s career is taking a huge twist. The former longtime Style writer and now Enterprise Editor for WaPo Local will be Bureau Chief in Islamabad. Starting early next year, his new team will cover Pakistan and Afghanistan. He will assume his new post on Feb. 1 and replaces Karin Brulliard, who is taking over as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief. In other foreign bureau news, Kevin Sieff,  an education reporter, assumes the position of Bureau Chief in Kabul. He replaces Josh Partlow, whose going on leave after five years of being a war correspondent.

The memo couldn’t be more “sparkling” about him.

Congratulations to Leiby.

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