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US releases $100 Million for Afghanistan through the New Development Partnership

The United States Government and the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan signed a letter for the disbursement of $100 million to the National Unity Government (GNU) for reaching milestones under the New Development Partnership (NDP). As part of the ongoing

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US pledges $3bn to support Afghan security forces from 2018 to 2020

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson announced Tuesday that the US plans to provide USD 1bn a year in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020. Addressing the Atlantic Council, Olson also confirmed

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Obama administration proposes $2.5bn in aid for Afghanistan

The U.S. Secretary State, John Kerry, in his budgetary proposals to the congress on Tuesday announced that USD 2.5bn would be proposed in financial assistance for Afghanistan. “Our proposal requests $2.5 billion for programs that reinforce Afghanistan’s security and development

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US to spend USD 4bn a year to fund Afghanistan’s military through 2017

Washington has promised to spend about USD 4bn a year to fund Afghanistan’s military through 2017. President Ashraf Ghani in his remarks at the Pentagon on Monday thanked the US troops for their sacrifices and support for Afghanistan’s security. He

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US proposes additional one billion in 2016 aid for Afghanistan

Barack Obama administration has proposed an additional one billion USD in aid for Afghanistan in the year 2016. The hike in aid is conditional upon reforms that the Afghan government must institutionalize beforehand. US had originally planned to spend about

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US Senators push for conditional aid to Afghanistan

According to a report prepared by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the senators plans to send billions in aid to continue funding Afghanistan’s reconstruction process. The aid will be, however, conditional upon Afghan government’s specific reforms aimed at curbing

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Distribution of 2 million books begins in Balkh Province

The Afghan Education Ministry has begun distribution of 2 million books for primary schools in the capital and districts of Balkh province. Costing 60mn AFN, the books are expected to be distributed across the province in a month. “We will

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US cuts off funds for seven major infra projects in Afghanistan

Millions of dollars of fund for seven key infrastructure projects in Afghanistan have been halted by the US government, and there is no sign of resuming aid. The US government had committed to bear some of the costs of Dahla

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US Contributes $105 Million to Asian Development Bank Infrastructure Fund for Afghanistan

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $105 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) to date. Established in 2010, the AITF is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the Asian Development Bank to coordinate donor assistance

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U.S. Gives $30 Million in Incentive Funding to Afghan Government

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will release $15 million to the Afghan government from the U.S. – Afghan Incentive Fund in recognition of progress on the commitment it made to develop a provincial budgeting policy, as part

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US Senator wants aid to Afghanistan to stop if Karzai frees prisoners

South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham called for cutting off all US developmental aid to Afghanistan, if President Hamid Karzai releases 65 prisoners of the 88 prisoners from a detention center in Parwan province. Addressing a Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator

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US to donate USD 300mn in aid to Afghanistan over the next five years

As Afghanistan is going into a political and economic transition, the US government considers providing almost USD 300mn in new aid programs to the war-torn country. According to Bloomberg, USD 92mn of the aid would be earmarked for education programs

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US lawmakers slash development aid to Afghanistan by 50%

The US Congress have cut development aid to Afghanistan by 50% for fiscal 2014. In a massive spending bill signed into law on Friday by President Barack Obama, US Congress earmarked USD 1.12 billion for overall civilian assistance to Afghanistan,

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US assistance to Afghanistan depends on finalizing the security pact

During his visit to Kabul city, American Senator Carl Levin said that the  US would not be able to provide any assistance until the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the two nations is signed. “I told President Karzai that we

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US government pledges aid to ARCS

The US government granted USD 250,000 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) as per request of the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C., reported officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aid would be distributed to war victims, widowed

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America to spend millions of dollars in various sectors in Balkh

Spending more than USD 300mn in Balkh in the past decade, the United States of America have committed to provide financial assistance to various other sectors in the province in the present year. Masha Hamilton, Head of Communications and Diplomacy

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Finance Minister cynical about the US commitments

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal told media on Tuesday that the Afghan government has asked Washington to release the USD 825mn aid within the next two months. With regards to the US commitments to Afghanistan, Minister Zakhilwal expressed his

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Afghanistan entering a new era

Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington, President Hamid Karzai emphasized that Afghanistan is leaving behind sufferings and conflicts and entering a new era—an era run by the Afghans themselves. He urged the US government to stand by Afghanistan while reiterating

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US shutting down PRT’s in Afghanistan

As part of their withdrawal of forces over the next year, the US has begun shutting down teams that have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure developments in the provinces. The U.S. along with his allies had set

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US poor planning of reconstruction projects in Afghanistan

A report to US Congress says that the millions of dollars spent on Afghanistan’s reconstructions projects may have been mostly wasted, given the poor conditions of the built infrastructure. The report also found that several construction projects were so far

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