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There's More to Uncover in Gen. Allen Emails: Lawmaker

Speier calls on Pentagon to reopen investigation of emails between Allen and Jill Kelley

(Newser) - A member of the House Armed Services Committee is calling on Chuck Hagel to reopen the investigation into Gen. John Allen and his emails with socialite Jill Kelley , claiming the Pentagon never actually subpoenaed many of the private emails between the pair. California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier says the investigation... More »

Gen. John Allen to Retire, Skip NATO Post

Leaving to nurse wife through serious health issues

(Newser) - President Obama says he has accepted Marine Gen. John Allen's request to retire from the US military, meaning the White House won't go forward with Allen's nomination to lead US and NATO forces in Europe. “I told General Allen that he has my deep, personal appreciation... More »

John Allen to Back Out of NATO Command Job

Sources say he doesn't want to dredge up Jill Kelley emails

(Newser) - Gen. John Allen intends to decline to be nominated for NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, military officials tell NBC News . While the official reason will be that he's doing what's best for his family, the officials acknowledge that one of the major reasons is that he doesn't want... More »

Gen. Allen Back on Track to Run NATO

White House to move ahead with his nomination

(Newser) - Now that Gen. John Allen has been cleared of wrongdoing over his emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, his military career is apparently none the worse. The White House said today it will proceed with his nomination to become commander of NATO forces in Europe, reports the AP . The nomination... More »

Pentagon Clears Gen. John Allen in Email Inquiry

He violated no rules in messages to Jill Kelley

(Newser) - The scandal centering on Tampa socialite Jill Kelley may have brought down David Petraeus , but another general— John Allen —will survive. The Pentagon's inspector general pored over the trove of emails between Allen and Kelley and concluded that he did nothing unbecoming of an officer, reports the Washington ... More »

Jill Kelley on Those Emails From Broadwell: 'Threats'

She speaks, for first time, to Daily Beast

(Newser) - Today's buzziest interview is with Jill Kelley , the Florida socialite who factored into the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell scandal in a big way. She talks, for the first time, to Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast , in a two-hour interview peppered with words like "terrified" and "blackmail."... More »

US Considers Total Afghan Withdrawal

'Zero option' after 2014 raised before Karzai talks

(Newser) - How many US troops should stay in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission ends next year? For the first time, officials are now saying zero is an option. Commanders recommend keeping a force of up to 15,000 in the country, but Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, speaking to... More »

Post-2014 Afghanistan: US Has 3 Options

Gen. Allen presents scenarios to Pentagon

(Newser) - Gen. John Allen has submitted three options to the Pentagon for how to maintain a presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 military withdrawal, defense officials tell the New York Times :
  • 6,000 troops, highest risk of failure: At this level, the US mission would focus on counterterrorism. Special Ops commandos
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Pentagon Flags 60 Emails in Jill Kelley Inquiry

As big-time lawyer defends client in Petraeus scandal

(Newser) - The Pentagon inspector general’s office didn't take the Gen. John Allen-Jill Kelley email exchange lightly, assigning 15 investigators toiling seven days a week to review the thousands of pages of documents . They've now sussed out between 60 and 70 emails that "bear a fair amount of... More »

'Shirtless FBI Agent' in Petraeus Affair Is Named

NYT says it's veteran agent Frederick Humphries

(Newser) - And now the cast of characters in the David Petraeus scandal is a bit more complete: The FBI agent whose investigation into emails sent to his pal Jill Kelley eventually exposed the whole sordid mess has been identified by the New York Times as 47-year-old Frederick Humphries.
  • Career highlight: He
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In Emails, Allen Used Pet Names

...but there wasn't anything sexually explicit, a source tells AP

(Newser) - David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell reportedly emailed each other about having "sex under a desk." The emails between the scandal's two other players, John Allen and Jill Kelley, were quite a bit more innocent, a senior official tells the AP . The source says officials who read the... More »

Socialite in Petraeus Scandal Ran Bogus Charity

Jill Kelley is also an honorary consul of South Korea

(Newser) - The Tampa socialite at the heart of the Petraeus "love Pentagon" sex scandal was the co-founder of a cancer charity that does not appear to have been involved in any charity work, the Huffington Post finds. Jill Kelley and her surgeon husband founded the Doctor Kelley Cancer Foundation in... More »

Top General Emailed Woman in Petraeus Scandal

Pentagon investigating John Allen's links to Jill Kelley

(Newser) - David Petraeus' sex scandal just got a lot bigger. The Pentagon has revealed that it is investigating Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, for allegedly sending "inappropriate communications" to Jill Kelley, Petraeus' other other woman. The FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday, Leon... More »

US Nears Decision on Post-2014 Afghan Presence

Gen. John Allen's recommendations under review as scandal grabs him

(Newser) - In the coming weeks, the US will make a decision on the number of troops to remain in Afghanistan after the planned drawdown in 2014, Reuters reports. "My hope is that we'll be able to complete this process in the next few weeks," says Defense Secretary Leon... More »

US General: We're 'Mad as Hell' About Insider Attacks

As fresh attack by suicide bomber in police uniform kills 14

(Newser) - The US is "mad as hell" over the rash of green-on-blue attacks it's facing in Afghanistan, the top US commander there says, even as a fresh attack today killed 14 people in the country's east. "We're going to get after this," Gen. John Allen... More »

Ramadan Fasting Fueling Afghan Attacks on Troops

Coalition commander suggests it could be raising stress

(Newser) - First Hamid Karzai suggested the attacks by Afghan forces on US troops and other allies were really occurring at the hands of " foreign spies ." Now American and Afghan officials are suggesting a surprising alternative: Ramadan. Officials say it isn't the main cause; however, they believe that the... More »

To Mark Day, Words of Fallen Marine Read Aloud

Gen. John Allen reads Sgt. William Stacey's reasons for fighting

(Newser) - US troops in Afghanistan marked Memorial Day with the words of a fallen comrade—one of at least 1,851 Americans to have died in the war. Marine Gen. John Allen, the leading US commander in Afghanistan, read a letter penned by Marine Sgt. William Stacey, killed by homemade explosives... More »

Gen. Petraeus Steps Down

He's off to CIA following troubling assassinations

(Newser) - Gen. David Petraeus has stepped down as commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan as he prepares to take over the CIA, leaving a bit of a mess behind. He turned the reins over to US Gen. John Allen in a Kabul ceremony the day after a top aide... More »

Panetta Moves to Pentagon, Petraeus to Helm CIA

According to AP sources

(Newser) - The big security shakeups are out, by way of unidentified AP sources, and as predicted , Leon Panetta is in as the new secretary of defense, succeeding Robert Gates. Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated to fill Panetta's shoes as CIA director. Five-time ambassador Ryan Crocker, who retired in 2009... More »

Petraeus in the Running to Head CIA

And Leon Panetta might replace Robert Gates

(Newser) - David Petraeus's stint as commander in Afghanistan is set to end by early fall, and his next stop just might be Langley. Government officials tell NPR that Petraeus is being seriously considered as the next head of the CIA, and that he’d accept the position if offered. Current CIA... More »

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