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Apparently, All’s Not Fair in Love and War

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Col. James Johnson in Logar Province, Afghanistan, in April 2010 / Photo by Russell Gilchrest

The one-time head of the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade — one of the service’s most celebrated units — had an “inappropriate relationship” with the wife of his Iraqi cultural adviser, an Army investigation has concluded. The probe, obtained by Stars and Stripes, concludes Colonel James H. Johnson III was infatuated with the woman, who also served as a translator for him. Johnson’s wife triggered the inquiry when she sent the Army an email in January alleging her husband was having “an adulterous affair with an Iraqi woman that he met while in Iraq” in 2005-06. Johnson, who spent much of 2010 in Afghanistan, was relieved of command in March, and is getting a divorce.

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