Gen. John Allen (right), commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday and tendered his resignation from the military. Allen was nominated to lead NATO troops in Europe, but his connection to a scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus (left) doomed his chances of confirmation. Allen reportedly sent flirtatious emails to a Florida socialite who knew the woman that engaged in an extramarital affair with Petraeus, the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The White House released a statement after Obama met with Allen.
General Allen presided over the significant growth in the size and capability of Afghan National Security Forces, the further degradation of al Qaeda and their extremist allies, and the ongoing transition to Afghan security responsibility across the country. He worked tirelessly to strengthen our coalition through his leadership of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and to improve our relations with the Afghan government.
Obama also paid tribute to Allen’s position in modern American military history.
John Allen is one of America’s finest military leaders, a true patriot, and a man I have come to respect greatly. I wish him and his family the very best as they begin this new chapter, and we will carry forward the extraordinary work that General Allen led in Afghanistan.