Obama to ask for civilian Afghan aid through 2017

By Published: July 8, 2012

The Obama administration will ask Congress to continue funding U.S. assistance to Afghanistan through 2017, even though most foreign forces in the country will be pulling out in the next two years, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday announced a four-year civilian assistance plan that aims to help Afghanistan rebuild its economy and make other reforms that would stabilize the country, according to AP.

Annual U.S. civilian assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 has ranged from $1 billion to this year's high of $2.3 billion, according to AP.

The Obama administration will ask Congress to maintain funding at or near the average level, but Clinton did not give additional details, according to AP.

The announcement was made Sunday at a one-day conference in Tokyo, where donors from about 70 countries and organizations pledged $16 billion in development aid to Afghanistan through 2015.

Source: The Associated Press

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