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France: President Holland will withdraw combat forces from Afganistan before december.

French President F. Hollande meets NATO Secr Gral A. Fogh Rasmussen in Chicago during NATO Summit

The French President Francois Hollande has said he will withdraw all of his country combat troops from Afghanistan by year’s end — a full two years before the timeline (2014) agreed to by nations in the U.S.-led NATO coalition.

Hollande’s stance was facing some resistance within NATO.

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle cautioned Sunday in Chicago that “withdrawal competition” among countries with troops in Afghanistan could strengthen the terrorist threat.