General John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks during an interview in Kabul February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
General John Allen to retire, not take NATO nomination
Posted : Tuesday, 19 February 2013 01:01PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General John Allen has decided to retire rather than proceed with his nomination as the NATO supreme allied commander, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
"Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family," Obama said in a statement.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Will Dunham)
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