US President Barack Obama said NATO allies were departing the alliance's summit with a plan for how to wind down military involvement in Afghanistan.
"We leave Chicago with a clear roadmap," he said after the summit concluded. "Our coalition is committed to this plan to bring our war in Afghanistan to a responsible end."
He pointed to ongoing efforts to transition security responsibilities to Afghan troops with the goal of them taking full responsibility by mid-2013, and international troops taking on a support role before ending their combat mission in 2014.
"This will not mark the end of Afghanistan challenges or our partnership with that important country," he said.
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