Top US commander in Afghanistan cleared in Pentagon inquiry

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 10:16am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 10:19am

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.

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.