Allies on ‘irreversible’ course to end Afghan war


CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked down an exit path from the war in Afghanistan, affirming Monday that they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014, a strategy that means their troops will still be fighting and dying for another two-plus years.

Gathered in Obama’s hometown, the sprawling coalition of 50 NATO members and allies declared an “irreversible transition” that will put Afghan forces in the lead of the combat mission by the middle of next year.

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