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US General Stripped of Post amid Sex Claims.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A US army general responsible for operations in East Africa was stripped of his command amid reports of sexual misconduct, a Pentagon official confirmed.

Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Major General Ralph Baker was relieved of his duties by the outgoing head of US Africa Command (AFRICOM) General Carter F. Ham, on March 28, AFP reported.

Baker was replaced due to "misconduct that caused a loss of confidence in his ability to command," Pentagon's Spokesman Major Rob Firman said on Friday.

"As these allegations of misconduct remain under adjudication, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further," Firman said.

Firman's statement did not detail Baker's alleged misconduct.

However a Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity said reports indicating Baker lost his post because of alcohol and sexual misconduct allegations were accurate.

Baker is currently consigned to an administrative position in Washington pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation.

General Ham's decision came shortly before General David Rodriguez took over as AFRICOM commander on Friday.

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