The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

US military chairman backs Afghanistan commander


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The top US military officer said on Thursday he was confident that General John Allen would be promoted to Nato supreme commander in Europe despite his being linked to a sex scandal.

Gen Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, is currently under investigation over thousands of e-mails exchanged with the woman who inadvertently led the FBI to CIA director David Petraeus's mistress, leading to his resignation.

US President Barack Obama and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta have expressed confidence in Gen Allen, but his nomination to become the next Nato supreme allied commander has been put on hold pending the investigation.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, the highest-ranking US military officer, said he "absolutely had confidence" in Gen Allen's ability to continue directing the country's longest-running war.