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French Plan To Pull Troops From Afghanistan Starts Busy Diplomatic Days

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
May 18, 2012

Later today, President Obama welcomes leaders from the Group of 8 nations to Camp David, Md., for a two-day summit. (Which countries are part of that group? See below.)

Sunday, he joins NATO heads of state — and invited leaders such as President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan — in Chicago for the 25th NATO summit. That gathering continues on Monday.

But before all that, he hosts new French President Francoise Hollande at the White House this morning. And Hollande is expected, as The Associated Press reports, “to announce a pullout of all French combat troops from Afghanistan by year’s end” — about two years early (there are about 3,300 French troops in Afghanistan).

“That could infuriate NATO allies and embarrass his re-election-minded host — and may well be logistically impossible,” AP adds.

The G8 nations are:

– Canada

– France

– Germany

– Italy

– Japan

– Russia

– U.K.

– U.S.

[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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