Rice Asks NATO to Boost Afghan Aid

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeals to NATO allies to increase aid to Afghanistan — and send more troops there. The Bush administration has already said it will ask Congress for an additional $10.5 billion for the Kabul government.

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The U.S. and its NATO allies meet in Brussels today to talk about sending more aid to Afghanistan. The Bush administration has already said it will ask Congress to appropriate an additional $10.5 billion for the Kabul government. Most of that money would go towards building up the army and police.

Today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appealed to NATO members, not only for increased aid but also for extra pledges of troops.

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