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Second general ensnared in David Petraeus scandal

Obama puts hold on Allen’s nomination

WASHINGTON — The sex scandal that felled former CIA Director David Petraeus widened Tuesday to ensnare the top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, in a suddenly public drama involving a ­Tampa socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute, and flirty e-mails.

The improbable story — by turns tragic and silly — could have major consequences, unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war effort and just as President Obama was hoping for a smooth transition in his national security team.

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