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British defence think tank postpones Petraeus award

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has postponed the presentation of its highest honour to General David Petraeus. A spokesman said:

General Petraeus was due to visit London this month to receive the Chesney Gold Medal award from the Royal United Services Institute for his role in devising and implementing the US counter-insurgency doctrine that was used to turn around the war in Iraq and reshape the campaign in Afghanistan.

In light of the recent events, the presentation...will now be postponed until early 2013.

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David Petraeus to testify before Senate

General David Petraeus will testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as planned Credit: Reuters

David Petraeus will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, told Politico:

"Mr Petraeus has indicated his willingness. He is eager to come before the committee so we will work out the details."

Mr Petraeus has not been seen since Friday, when the news of his affair with Mrs Broadwell broke.

Warning against 'leaping to conclusions' over commander

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warned against "leaping to any conclusions" about the country's top commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen.

No one should leap to any conclusions here. General Allen is doing an excellent job at ISAF, in leading those forces. He certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces.

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President Obama 'thinks very highly of General Allen'

President Obama has "faith" in General John Allen, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, the White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

General Allen is under investigation for what the Pentagon described as "inappropriate communications" with the women whose complaint to the FBI led to the scandal involving General David Petraeus's affair.

General Allen and Jill Kelley exchanged 'flirtatious' emails

General John R. Allen and General David H. Petraeus attending a meeting Kabul in July 2011 Credit: Reuters

A senior official has described the tone of the 20,000 plus emails exchanged between General John Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley as "flirtatious", according to the Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear whether General John Allen was flirting with Mrs Kelley, or whether he was the recipient of flirtatious emails.

Jill Kelley sparked an FBI investigation that exposed Petraeus' affair with Paula Broadwell, and prompted his resignation.

Petraeus 'used terrorist trick' to conceal emails

General Petraeus and his mistress Paula Broadwell used a trick popular with terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda to conceal their email correspondence, a senior law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The pair shared a private email account, and instead of sending each other emails, they composed messages and left them in a draft folder, or in an electronic 'dropbox.'

The other person would then log into the account and respond in a similar fashion, leaving the message in drafts. This method enabled them to communicate without creating an email trail, which would be easy to trace.

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