US mulling sending Afghanistan general to Europe command

May 15, 2012 06:05

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering sending its top general in Afghanistan, who commands US and NATO troops there during a crucial withdrawal period, to head US forces in Europe this winter.

A US official speaking on condition of anonymity said that Marine General John Allen, who took over command of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan in July 2011, was under initial consideration to become head of US European command this winter, noting such plans were preliminary and could change.

"Allen is one of the most widely respected leaders in the military. No one would bat an eye if he were nominated," an administration official said on condition of anonymity. "He has earned the respect of US policymakers and our allies for his strong leadership and acumen."

Pentagon spokesman George Little said that "no decisions have been reached on this nomination."

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