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Top US gen refuses Nato job, retires

Afp, Washington - February 21st, 2013

US General John Allen, who just wrapped up a tour as commander in Afghanistan, said Tuesday he will retire instead of accepting the top job at Nato, citing his wife’s health problems.
Allen’s departure comes weeks after a Pentagon investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in a drama over emails to a Florida socialite, and he told the Washington Post the highly-publicized case did not influence his decision.
Speculation had been rife for weeks that Allen, who led the war effort in Afghanistan for 19 months, would not take up Obama’s offer to serve as Nato’s supreme allied commander in Europe due to the fallout from the email episode.
In Brussels, a Nato spokesperson said the alliance fully respected the general’s decision.
In a statement, the 59-year-old Allen said his decision to retire after 38 years in uniform was the “only choice” due to his wife’s illness.
The four-star general said his family had stood by him throughout his career and now it was his turn “to be there for them when they need me most.”