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Petraeus investigation ensnares U.S. commander in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 13, 2012 at 7:31 a.m. Updated November 13, 2012 at 11:08 a.m.

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Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, speaks at a news conference at the Pentagon in this May 23, 2012 photo.

Top general in Afghanistan under investigation

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan, John Allen, is now under investigation in a case linked to the scandal that forced David Petraeus to step down as CIA director.
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— The sex scandal that led to CIA Director David Petraeus’ downfall widened Tuesday with word the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for thousands of alleged “inappropriate communications” with another woman involved in the case. Some of the material was “flirtatious,” an official said.

Even as the FBI prepared a timeline for Congress about the investigation that brought to light Petraeus’ extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that the Pentagon had begun an internal investigation into e-mails between Gen. John Allen and a Florida woman involved in the case.

Some of the 20,000-plus pages of documents and e-mails between Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley were “flirtatious,” according to a senior defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly. It wasn’t immediately clear who wrote the flirtatious notes — Allen, Kelley or both.

Allen succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011, and his nomination to become the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has now been put on hold, as the scandal seemed certain to ensnare another acclaimed military figure.

In a White House statement early Tuesday, National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor said President Barack Obama has held Allen’s nomination at Panetta’s request. Obama, the statement said, “remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan, who Gen. Allen continues to lead as he has so ably done for over a year.”

It was Broadwell’s threatening e-mails to Kelley, a Petraeus family friend, that led to the FBI’s discovery of communications between Broadwell and Petraeus indicating they were having an affair.

Petraeus acknowledged the affair when he resigned from the CIA post Friday.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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jetjohn says... November 13, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.

When will these stupid men learn to keep it "in their pants!!!!"

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WhiteRiverInMyVeins says... November 13, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.

Had he not been caught the next time could have been with a spy. We know from history women make good spies just for this reason. When you are trusted with the nations secrets and are unfaithful for anyone reason, it becomes a security issue. He made a mistake and lost so much....I sure hope she was worth the consequences. If he lies to his wife, he will lie to others and can't be trusted...Period! I have a lot of respect for the man when it comes to his military skills and at least doing the right thing by resigning. He knew he done wrong and is now answering for it. I have never cheated on my wife or girlfriends before marriage and never will. Cheating is something that hurts everyone. This is a fine example of the damage and hurt it causes. He won't be remembered for the good things he done all because of poor decisions...and that is the sad part. At least he was man enough to do the right thing and the deserves some credit.....maybe!

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