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Top US general caught up in Petraeus scandal

In a new twist to the General David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged ‘‘inappropriate communications’’ with a woman who is said to have received threatening e-mails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a written statement issued to reporters aboard his aircraft, en route from Honolulu to Perth, Australia, that the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday.

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