US general nominated for top NATO job will retire

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Obama announces retirement of General John R.
Allen  led Nato forces in Afghanistan for 19  months 
Washington: American President Barack Obama has announced the retirement of General John Allen emphasizing the fact that he will not take the job of NATO supreme commander.

“Allen wants to take care of his family after a 19-month tour in Afghanistan,” Obama said in a written statement.

There has been speculation recently that Allen would not take up Obama's offer to accept the top job at NATO.

Allen had returned from his post as the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan and asked for more time to make a decision about his next career move.

In January, Allen was cleared by Pentagon investigators of allegations of professional misconduct over email exchanges with Florida socialite Jill Kelley.

In January, Allen was officially cleared of misconduct by the Pentagon after an investigation into his exchange of e-mails with a socialite in Tampa, Fla., and Mr. Obama had nominated him to be the supreme commander of NATO.
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