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February 19, 2013
The reasons for my decision are personal. I did not come to it lightly or quickly, but given the considerations behind it, I recognized in the end it was the only choice I could make. While I won’t go into the details, my primary concern is for the health of my wife, who has sacrificed so much for so long.
General John Allen • Announcing his resignation today, in a statement. Allen’s decision comes as, according to him, he wants to spend more time with his wife, who he’s said suffers numerous chronic health issues, among them an autoimmune disorder. Allen served as the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan for 19 months, was caught up in the fringes of the Petraeus sex scandal (but subsequently cleared), and had been the Obama administration’s nomination to serve as NATO supreme allied commander until now. Said President Obama: "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." source
17:59 // 1 year ago
February 10, 2013

Top Marine general takes over in Afghanistan

  • what U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford has taken full command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and will shepherd the troops during what is to be expected to be the final two years of war. Dunford replaces departing Marine Gen. John Allen.
  • why “Today is not about change, it’s about continuity,” he said during a change of command ceremony. “I’ll endeavor to continue the momentum of the campaign and support the people of Afghanistan as they seize the opportunity for a brighter future.” Allen left months after finding himself the subject of an investigation related to the scandal that took down CIA head David Petreaus—his predecessor. source
8:56 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012
nationalpost:

Graphic: Petraeus, Kelley, Broadwell, Allen and the FBI guy with no shirt


Confused about the state of the Petraeus scandal? At this rate, we sympathize — even keeping a close eye on it is hard, with the story mutating over a few days into one that’s reached yet another general, head of U.S. command in Afghanistan John Allen. When this story is all said and done, it’ll make a hell of a read.

nationalpost:

Graphic: Petraeus, Kelley, Broadwell, Allen and the FBI guy with no shirt

Confused about the state of the Petraeus scandal? At this rate, we sympathize — even keeping a close eye on it is hard, with the story mutating over a few days into one that’s reached yet another general, head of U.S. command in Afghanistan John Allen. When this story is all said and done, it’ll make a hell of a read.

20:34 // 1 year ago