General John Allen cleared of inappropriate emails

The top commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan has been cleared by a Pentagon inquiry into potentially inappropriate email communications with a Florida socialite, likely resurrecting his nomination to the military's top job in Europe.

US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen
US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen Credit: Reuters

Marine General John Allen was placed under investigation in November over email exchanges with one of the women at the centre of the scandal that forced David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

Allen had strongly denied any wrongdoing.

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