Monday, May 21 2012, 02:45 PM MDT
NATO Summit Draws Protests, Progress For Afghanistan
(KUTV) The NATO Summit in Chicago wraps up Monday and protestors are once again on the streets.
President Obama met with world leaders on the final day of the NATO summit to approve a timetable to end the war in Afghanistan.
NATO forces will be pulled out of that country by the end of 2014.
"The region and the world have a profound interest in an Afghanistan that is stable,” Obama said.
Outside the conference, protestors demanded the war end now.
“People have had enough of war of atrocities of poverty, of inequality and they're looking for something different,” said protestor Rachel Cohen.
Demonstrators have been peaceful for the most part, but on Sunday a group of protestors clashed with police leading to dozens of arrests.
Many downtown Chicago businesses shutdown again in anticipation of Monday’s protests.
Boeing, even though security is in place the aerospace giant, told its employees to stay home.
Two out of three Americans oppose the war and the numbers are higher in other NATO countries.
France's new President Francois Hollande says he will follow through on his campaign promise to pull 3,300 hundred French troops out of Afghanistan early.
When coalition troops leave - Afghan forces will take over the country's security - but they will still need money and NATO leaders are figuring out how to finance Afghan troops.
NATO believes it will cost more than $4 billion a year.
The United States has already spent about $400 billion on the war in Afghanistan.
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