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US Afghan commander cleared in misconduct probe

Published on Jan 23, 2013 7:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon has cleared the top US commander in Afghanistan of wrongdoing over emails with a woman tied to the scandal that forced CIA director David Petraeus to resign, a US official said Tuesday.

The Defence Department's inspector general completely exonerated General John Allen, the outgoing chief of US-led forces in Afghanistan, over his correspondence, paving the way for his pending nomination to take up command of Nato forces in Europe, the official said.

"Allen has been cleared by the inspector general," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The FBI came upon emails from Allen in its probe of Petraeus, and defence officials had said the tone of the messages had been potentially "inappropriate" and possibly violated rules applying to military officers.

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