General Allen to leave Afghanistan

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, is expected to leave his post early next year and take the job as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, replacing Adm. James G. Stavridis, US officials said.

Allen is to stay until winter, giving his successor a few months to learn the territory before the start of heavier fighting. Allen’s major task over the coming months will be to reduce the American force in Afghanistan to about 68,000 troops by the end of September, down from about 100,000 last year.

Gen. John Allen took over command of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan in July 2011, overseeing the negotiations over a long-term security agreement with the Afghan government and the initial drawdown of U.S. forces from the country.

Speculation about Allen's future comes only days before NATO’s Chicago summit. The outcome of the summit will be discussed at the SDA’s upcoming ‘After Chicago: Re-evaluating NATO's priorities’ conference. For more information or to register click here.

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