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General Allen to retire and opts out of NATO top job

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 14:10 EDT
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General John Allen looks on following a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Otober 10, 2012. (AFP)
 
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President Barack Obama said Tuesday that General John 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.

“Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family,” Obama said in a written statement.

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