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General John Allen to retire, won't take NATO nomination

U.S. General John Allen, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan, speaks during U.S. Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, in this July 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/Files

U.S. General John Allen, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan, speaks during U.S. Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, in this July 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/Files

U.S. General John Allen, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan, speaks during U.S. Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, in this July 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/Files
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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, 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, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks during an interview in Kabul February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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