France’s new President Francois Hollande arrived early on Friday in Afghanistan to meet with troops and the country’s President and discuss plans for an early pullout.

Tension over Mr. Hollande’s pledge to end his country’s combat mission two years early infused the NATO summit in Chicago, and unleashed fears of a domino effect of other allies withdrawing early. Mr. Hollande has suggested noncombat troops may remain beyond Dec. 31.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius are also in Kabul with Mr. Hollande.

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