NATO's Rasmussen backs embattled U.S. Afghanistan commander
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 00:55
Nov. 14 - NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen expresses full confidence in U.S. Afghanistan commander John Allen under investigation for inappropriate communications. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The head of NATO said on Wednesday (November 14) in Brussels that he has full confidence in General John Allen, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan who is being investigated over potentially inappropriate communications.
Allen, who denies any wrongdoing, is under scrutiny over communications with Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite. Kelley is at the centre of the case that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job.
"I have full confidence in General Allen," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Rasmussen said that Allen had "demonstrated an outstanding leadership" in Afghanistan, but added that "this is not a NATO issue. This is an issue to be handled by the U.S. authorities."
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