NATO leaders agree on timeline to pull troops from Afghanistan
POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 8:01am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — This is the last day of the NATO summit in Chicago - and the focus is on Afghanistan.
Today, NATO leaders are officially signing off on President Obama's plan to pull troops out by the end of 2014, but he's trying to get NATO leaders to commit to more - a commitment to help Afghanistan after the war is over.
On Afghanistan, the NATO allies are presenting a united front.
Today in Chicago, NATO officially endorses a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
"We will make clear our commitment to a long-term partnership," said NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
As President Obama hosts the NATO Summit in his hometown, he's trying to get NATO allies to commit money and manpower to not only finish the war, but help Afghanistan after 2014.
Appearing with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, he conceded the road ahead will not be easy.
"But we're confident that we are on the right track, and what this NATO Summit reflects is that the world is behind the strategy that we've laid out," said President Barack Obama.
"Afghanistan is fully aware of the task ahead and of what Afghanistan needs to do to reach the objectives that we all have," said Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
As NATO leaders held their meetings, protesters demonstrated in the streets.
From Chicago to Kabul, there is a diplomatic effort to end a decade-long war.