Saturday, March 22, 2003

Afghanistan omitted from US aid budget

13 February, 2003, The United States Congress has stepped in to find nearly $300m in humanitarian and reconstruction funds for Afghanistan after the Bush administration failed to request any money in the latest budget. One mantra from the Bush administration since it launched its military campaign in Afghanistan 16 months ago has been that the US will not walk away from the Afghan people ...
The US will spend over $16bn in foreign aid this year. The main beneficiaries will be Israel, Jordan and a number of anti-Aids programmes. However, Mr Kolbe says that should there be a military conflict in Iraq, he believes the US will have to find billions more, not only to help Iraq, but also Turkey, Jordan and Israel.

The administration has since asked for $10 billion for Israel.

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