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Obama will host NATO chief before summit

Monday - 5/7/2012, 11:28pm  ET

By ANNE GEARAN
AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is hosting NATO's top officer at the White House this week, ahead of a major summit of NATO leaders.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AHN'-derz fohg RAHS'-moo-sihn) will see Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday for what the White House says are talks to finalize the agenda for the NATO summit May 20 and 21.

The possible early exit of France from the NATO fighting alliance in Afghanistan is sure to be a topic.

The summit in Chicago will be dominated by planning for a shift away from front-line combat for NATO forces in Afghanistan.

France's new president-elect, Socialist Francois Holland, (fran-SWA' o-LAHND') has vowed to pull French troops out by the end of this year. That's two years earlier than the rest of the alliance has pledged.


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