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NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.

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A user’s guide to the Chicago NATO summit
What does NATO really need to get out of this summit? It depends on what side of the ocean you are on. The Europeans will be looking at their pocketbooks and hammering out how they can pool resources and improve their military capabilities as they spend less on their militaries.
But, as the primary leader in the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to have the alliance come together and hammer out details on what it wants the future of Afghanistan to look like.
The strategic partnership agreement signed by Afghanistan and the United States last month was nothing more than an outline, and U.S. officials have said they will use the summit to start defining what they want this relationship to look like.
As the 2014 deadline for the war in Afghanistan to end draws nearer, the United States and NATO need to use these two days to figure out how a post-NATO Afghanistan will look and how it will be paid for.

A user’s guide to the Chicago NATO summit

What does NATO really need to get out of this summit? It depends on what side of the ocean you are on. The Europeans will be looking at their pocketbooks and hammering out how they can pool resources and improve their military capabilities as they spend less on their militaries.

But, as the primary leader in the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to have the alliance come together and hammer out details on what it wants the future of Afghanistan to look like.

The strategic partnership agreement signed by Afghanistan and the United States last month was nothing more than an outline, and U.S. officials have said they will use the summit to start defining what they want this relationship to look like.

As the 2014 deadline for the war in Afghanistan to end draws nearer, the United States and NATO need to use these two days to figure out how a post-NATO Afghanistan will look and how it will be paid for.

NATO protests:

"During a march that began in the West Loop but wound its way downtown, a female protester tried to take an officer’s bike at Balbo Drive and Wabash Avenue. When an officer grabbed her, other protesters tried to free her. As the crowd surged toward the officers, at least one officer took out a baton and struck a protester. Another officer pushed a protester to the ground… The bulk of the crowd dispersed into groups on Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road and other nearby streets, sporadically stopping at intersections to sit. A few stragglers stayed behind and taunted one of the mayor’s neighbors as he sat on his porch with his black Labrador." (via Chicago Tribune)

"The protesters gathered at the el station, some donning hospital gowns, and prepared to walk through the neighborhood, ringing door bells to ask people where the nearest mental health clinic is. The el station is a few blocks from the mayor Emanuel’s home. Their direct action was intended to annoy his neighbors. The protesters were to meet later at Horner Park, just over a mile west for a rally. It was reported they interfered with and delayed several scheduled athletic events, including baseball and softball games.. Many of the protesters had “media passes”. The passes stated they were “citizen journalist” documenters for Occupy Chicago or what ever Occupy group they represented. Many also had the latest greatest electronic and media gadgetry, all made by the very same corporations they are protesting. Corporations who, are owned or led by the 1%. Some of those corporations are government and defense contractors.” (via Washington Times)

Raw Video: Demonstrators Protest NATO

The individuals we charged are not peaceful protesters, they are domestic terrorists. The charges we bring today are not indicative of a protest movement that has been targeted.
Three men arrested in Chicago on Wednesday night were planning to attack the campaign headquarters of President Obama, the house of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police stations and financial institutions in downtown Chicago, prosecutors said on Saturday. (via NYT)