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U.S. Aid Flows to Afghanistan

September 24, 2001

The U.S. is the single largest source of humanitarian foreign aid to Afghanistan -- the country which for years has been the refuge of terrorist Osama bin Laden.

  • Just four weeks after the bombing that killed 17 American sailors on the Cole, the Clinton administration raised humanitarian foreign aid to Afghanistan above the $100 million mark.
  • And just this past May, the U.S. increased humanitarian foreign aid to Afghanistan to $124 million in products.

Pakistan, which has provided support for bin Laden's Taliban allies, has also been the target of American largess. In November 2000, for example, President Clinton signed into law a bill which provided U.S. monetary aid to Pakistan for education.

Source: Betsy McCaughey, "Despite Afghanistan's Terror Role, U.S. Continues to Give Foreign Aid," Investor's Business Daily, September 24, 2001.


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