US House proposes $13b for Afghan security forces
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US House Appropriations Committee a draft defence appropriations bill, allocating $13 billion for training and equipping of Afghan security forces in 2012.
Released on Tuesday, the draft bill also includes $475 million for Afghan Infrastructure Fund during the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2013. Of the $13 billion, the defence appropriations bill proposes $15 million for coalition police trainer life support costs.
The bill also allocates $1.1 billion to Pakistan but its language includes withholding 75 percent of the Pakistan Counter-insurgency Capability Funds until the secretary of defense provides a report to Congress on a strategy and metrics for the use of the funds.
While making small cuts to the defence base budget, the bill boosts spending for Iraq and Afghanistan by $841 million. The allocation of $119 billion for military operations in the two countries show $841 million more than the Pentagon asked for.
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