Marine Gen. John Allen, commander of Afghan war may shift to allied Europe position.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen,…

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, is likely to leave to become the chief allied commander in Europe early next year as the war effort moves toward its final phase, a senior U.S. defense official said Tuesday.

The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because no final decision has been made on Allen’s expected move, which was first reported by the Washington Post.

Allen has run the war from Kabul since July 2011, when he replaced Gen. David Petraeus, who retired from the Army to become CIA director.

Source: Robert Burns for the Associated Pres.

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