General John Allen resume command duty in Afghanistan
By Sajad - Wed Nov 21 2012, 8:21 pm
General John Allen has returned to Kabul to resume his duties as the top United States and Nato commander of the war in Afghanistan, more than a week after the Pentagon announced it was investigating potentially “inappropriate” correspondence between the four-star general and a woman linked to a scandal involving former intelligence chief David Petraeus.
Lt. Col. Les Carroll, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, said Allen returned to work Wednesday.
Allen had been in Washington when news of his problematic email correspondence with Florida socialite Jill Kelley surfaced last Monday. He was expected to testify before a Senate committee last Thursday on his nomination to become the commander of U.S. European Command and the top NATO general. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has put that nomination on hold.
Allen’s office in Kabul also issued a brief statement saying he is happy to be back in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with his troops.
“The Defense Department inspector general’s investigation into certain communications by Gen. Allen continues,” it said. “Out of respect for that process, Gen. Allen will continue to refrain from commenting on those matters that may fall within the scope of the investigation.”
At the time Panetta announced that the Pentagon inspector general is reviewing as many as 30,000 pages of Allen’s correspondence with Kelley, Panetta said he had determined that Allen should remain in command in Kabul, pending the outcome of the probe.
Gen Allen had been in Washington when news of his e-mail correspondence with Florida socialite Jill Kelley surfaced on Monday last week.
He was expected to testify before a Senate committee last Thursday on his nomination to become the commander of US European Command and the top Nato general.