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General Allen to be nominated as top NATO commander

General Allen to be nominated as top NATO commander



White House officials said General John R. Allen would be nominated as the top NATO commander Wednesday after an investigation into his relationship with a Florida socialite cleared him of wrongdoing.

Washington had put the nomination on hold since the discovery of emails between Allen and the woman in the course of the investigation that caused CIA director David Petraeus to resign.

"The DoD’s investigator general’s investigation of that matter is now complete and we welcome its findings,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Allen is currently the top US commander in Afghanistan, and the Department of Defense is reported to have a successor for him lined up to start work in a matter of weeks if necessary.

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