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Obama Bringing NATO, G-8 Summits To Chicago

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By BEN FELLER   06/22/11 05:45 PM ET   AP

WASHINGTON -- A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will host the NATO and G-8 summits in his hometown of Chicago next year.

The official says world leaders will gather in Chicago in May to discuss the future of coalition operations in Afghanistan. The U.S. will be in the midst of drawing down more than 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the time the summits take place.

Obama will announce steps toward drawing down those forces by the end of next summer during a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night. He will announce the summits in his speech The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans ahead of the president's announcement.

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