NATO Chief: ‘Confidence’ in Allen

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: U.S. Marine General John Allen, the chief U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 22, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the situation in Afghanistan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    The head of NATO said on Wednesday that he has “full confidence” in Gen. John Allen, the U.S. and NATO’s top commander in Europe who is currently under an FBI investigation for his relationship with Jill Kelley. Allen has denied any wrongdoing with Kelley, who has been linked to Paula Broadwell, the woman who had an affair with retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, resulting in his resignation as director of the CIA. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta cautioned that nobody should jump to any conclusions about Allen, although he called his decision to put Allen’s nomination for NATO top general on hold “prudent.”

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