Obama To Announce NATO Summit on Afghanistan

Jun 22, 2011 1:55pm

ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:

In his address to the nation tonight, President Obama will announce that world leaders will gather in Chicago next May for a summit to assess the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the future of the war effort, the White House confirmed to ABC News.

The 2012 NATO summit will give the leaders an opportunity to review the commitments they made in Lisbon last November, when they agreed to begin the transition to full Afghan security in 2014, and the progress made since then.

The event, which coincides with the G8 meetings, will be held in Obama’s home town from May 15 to 22.

The official announcement from the president will come during his primetime address tonight when he will announce his strategy to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan next month, a promise he made when he ordered the 30,000 troop “surge” in December 2009. There are currently over 100,000 U.S. troops in the war-torn country.

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