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The White House has announced it will go ahead with the nomination of General John R. Allen as NATO commander in Europe.

The announcement comes after John Allen was cleared of allegations he had “inappropriate” communication with Florida socialite Jill Kelley.

Gen. John Allen is to relinquish command of the NATO mission in Afghanistan next month.

Unrelated harassment complaints by Jill Kelley led to the revelation of an affair between CIA chief David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

General Allen’s nomination to lead the NATO command in Europe was placed on hold after it was revealed last year he had communicated repeatedly with Jill Kelley, whom he met when he led US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The emails between the two first came to light as part of a wider investigation into email harassment against Jill Kelley, who knew both Gen. John Allen and David Petraeus, a former general, through social contacts at the base.

When the FBI investigated, it traced the emails to David Petraeus’s biographer Paula Broadwell, bringing to light her affair with the CIA chief.

The White House has announced it will go ahead with the nomination of General John R. Allen as NATO commander in Europe

The White House has announced it will go ahead with the nomination of General John R. Allen as NATO commander in Europe

Earlier reports suggested Gen. John Allen had exchanged over 3,000 emails, some described as inappropriate and flirtatious, with Jill Kelley.

The Afghanistan commander had also written a letter to a judge in support of Jill Kelley’s twin sister in a messy child custody dispute.

A spokesman for Gen. John Allen said the general was “obviously pleased” to be cleared of the charges he had violated the prohibition against conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

“From the outset, the general placed his faith in – and fully supported – the investigative process,” Maj. David Nevers said.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said the defence department “was pleased to learn that allegations of professional misconduct were not substantiated”, adding that Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had “complete confidence in the continued leadership” of Gen. John Allen.

Defence officials told the Washington Post that the full investigation had shown that there were in fact only several hundred emails exchanged between Gen. John Allen and Jill Kelley, mostly notes on current news topics and social matters or compliments on General Allen’s television interviews.

“Some of the messages are not the sort of things you would print in a family newspaper,” the official said.

“But that doesn’t mean he violated military regulations by sending and receiving them.”

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General John R. Allen, the US commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, has apologized over reports that foreign troops had “improperly disposed” of copies of the Koran.

In a statement General John R. Allen ordered a full investigation.

“When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” he said.

Reports of the alleged Koran burning have led to a large protest outside the Bagram air base.

In his statement, General John R. Allen said that the investigation would examine whether troops at Bagram air base “improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Korans”.

“The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities,” the statement said.

“We are thoroughly investigating the incident and we are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again. I assure you… I promise you … this was not intentional in any way.”

General John R. Allen went to and offer his “sincere apologies for any offence this may have caused”, including to the president of Afghanistan, the Afghan government and “the noble people of Afghanistan”.

In April last year at least one person was killed and 18 injured in successive days of protests in Afghanistan over the burning of a Koran in the US.