Now, top US Gen in Afghanistan caught in Petraeus scandal

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Although Allen will remain the commander in Afghanistan, Panetta said that he had asked President Obama to put on hold Allen's nomination to be the commander of American forces in Europe and the supreme allied commander of NATO, two positions he was to move into after what was expected to be easy confirmation by the Senate. Panetta said in his statement that Obama agreed with his decision.

Gen. Joseph A Dunford, the assistant commandant of the marine corps who was nominated last month by Obama to succeed Allen in Afghanistan, will proceed as planned with his confirmation hearing.

The defense official said that the e-mails between Kelley and Allen spanned the years 2010 to 2012. The official could not explain why there were so many pages of e-mails and did not specify their content. The official said he could not explain how the e-mails between Kelley and Allen were related to the e-mails between Petraeus and Broadwell and e-mails between Broadwell and Kelley.

In what is known so far, Kelley went to the FBI last summer after she was disturbed by harassing e-mails. The FBI began an investigation and learned that the e-mails were from Broadwell. In the course of looking into Broadwell's e-mails, the FBI discovered e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus that indicated they were having an extramarital affair. Broadwell, officials say, saw Kelley as a rival for her affections with Petraeus.

The defense official said he did not know how Allen and Kelley knew each other. Allen has been in Afghanistan as the top American commander since July 2011, although before that he lived in Tampa as the deputy commander for Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East.

The defense official said that the Pentagon had received the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents from the FBI and was currently reviewing them.

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