Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Chicago, where more then 60 world leaders are discussing the war in Afghanistan, European missile defense and other security issues at McCormick Place. Several protesters were bloodied and many more were arrested.
With many dressed in military fatigues, chanting “N-A-T-O, NATO has got to go,” and “No NATO, no war, we don’t work for you no more,” leading about 2,000 protesters on a 2.5-mile march.
- A rift between the US and Pakistan be widening at the Nato summit in Chicago have deteriorated in a standoff over supply routes to Afghanistan. Obama is refusing to see President Asif Ali Zardari, possibly because he arrived in Chicago without a deal in his pocket on reopening the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to US transport.
- NATO says that its European missile shield is up and running with a basic capability to shoot down incoming missiles. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday the declaration of “interim capability” at the alliance’s summit in Chicago is a first step toward a goal of establishing full coverage of Europe by 2018.
A final stage is planned for 2022 that would also provide coverage of the United States from Europe.
- As President Barack Obama and NATO leaders meeting focuses on deeply unpopular Afghanistan war, they face the grim reality of 2 more years of fighting ahead and more of their troops sure to die in combat.