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Powell: Aid to help win war on terror

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that America’s financial assistance to its allies helps further the administration’s goal of winning the global war on terrorism. The Bush administration is seeking $18.8 billion to fund programs for the Department of State, USAID and other foreign affairs agencies during 2004. Out of this $4.7 billion are for helping the countries that have joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism. The proposed anti-terrorism budget seeks $657 million for Afghanistan, $460 million for Jordan, $395 million for Pakistan, $255 million for Turkey, $136 million for Indonesia, and $87 million for the Philippines. “Our number one priority is to fight and win the global war on terrorism. The budget furthers this goal by providing economic military and democracy assistance to key foreign partners and allies,” Powell told a House Appropriations subcommittee. Powell said Afghanistan would be one of America’s top priorities because Washington believes that to win the war on terror it is also necessary to help rebuild the countries destroyed by the terrorists. The United States is providing financial and logistic support to Afghanistan to help establish a national military and a national police force. Full Story

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