US General John Allen, who just wrapped up a tour as commander in Afghanistan, said Tuesday he will retire instead of accepting the top job at NATO, citing his wife's health problems.
General John Allen looks on following a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Otober 10, 2012. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Allen will retire and not accept the top job at NATO, as he seeks to take care of his family after a 19-month tour in Afghanistan.
Allen's departure comes weeks after a Pentagon investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in a drama over emails to a Florida socialite, and he told the Washington Post the highly-publicized case did not influence his decision.
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