US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. -AFP Photo

PERTH: United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday backed the top US commander in Afghanistan, saying he had his “continued confidence”.

General John Allen was placed under investigation after FBI agents probing email threats sent by former CIA director David Petraeus' mistress stumbled upon messages he had sent to another woman at the centre of the scandal.

“General Allen is doing an excellent job at Isaf,” Panetta told reporters in Perth.

“He certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and continue the fight.”

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November 14, 2012 9:21 am
sir, i am surprised at the statement of defence secretary statement showing full confidence in General John Allenin . i would like to inform defence secretary that any commander whatever level he may be, he remains busy, he does not have spare time to indulge in unnecessary correspondance. he has sent / exchanged 3000 a non entity. very funny and strange. is he conducting war seriously? where lives of so many men under his command and lives of people of afganistan are at stake. if he is genuine and gentleman why he is not exchanging e mails with his wife?.if defence secretary still believes in his ability to conduct war, then outcome of war is written on the wall, defeat.
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