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John R. Allen

John R. Allen

John R. Allen is a United States Marine Corps four-star general. He is the current Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

John Allen succeeded Army General David Petraeus as the ISAF commander.

John Allen has been appointed NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, to take office in early 2013, pending confirmation by the United States Senate.


On 13 November 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Allen's nomination for SACEUR would be delayed. Though, it was not officially announced why his nomination would be delayed, sources say that Allen's communications with Jill Kelley, a Tampa woman who was friends with Allen's predecessor as top commander in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, were under investigation. Petraeus had resigned as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on 9 November 2012.

According to a senior defence official, John Allen has denied any wrongdoing.

Gen. John Allen is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Jill Kelley. According to a statement released, "On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (or ISAF) in Afghanistan. Today, the secretary directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense for investigation."

Panetta defends holding the nomination to NATO
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, on 14 November 2012 defended his decision to hold the nomination of John R. Allen to become NATO's supreme allied commander, pending investigation. He said that the move was "a prudent measure until we can determine what the facts are, and we will. No one should leap to any conclusions", Panetta said.

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