Tuesday, February 19, 2013

U.S. General John Allen Will Retire And Not Take NATO's Top Job

General John Allen To Retire, Not Take NATO Nomination -- Reuters

General John Allen has decided to retire rather than proceed with his nomination as the NATO supreme allied commander due to "health issues" in his family, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

In January, Allen was cleared by Pentagon investigators of allegations of professional misconduct over email exchanges with a Florida socialite. Allen had commanded U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

"Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family," Obama said in a statement.

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More News On Reports That General John Allen Will Retire

Gen. John Allen intends to retire, decline military’s top post in Europe
-- Washington Post
White House: Gen. John Allen Turns Down Europe Job, Will Retire -- Defense News
Obama says Gen. John Allen to retire, won’t go on to lead US, NATO troops in Europe -- Washington Post/AP
Gen. Allen retiring, not taking NATO nomination -- NBC/Reuters
Gen. John Allen announces retirement, won't lead Europe
-- USA Today
Gen. John Allen, Recent Top Commander In Afghanistan, Is Retiring -- NPR
US general John Allen to retire, declining top Nato job -- BBC

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