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    Afghan President Wants US to Guarantee $2 Billion Annually

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 17, 2012.
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 17, 2012.
    Brian Padden

    A day after Afghan forces with NATO support fought off multiple attacks by Taliban militants, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is focusing on ensuring international financial support after most Western combat troops leave in 2014. In a speech Tuesday, Karzai said he wants the U.S. to guarantee at least $2 billion annually to fund the Afghan army and police under a strategic partnership agreement now being negotiated between the two countries.

    Both the U.S. and Afghanistan want a strategic partnership agreement to demonstrate America's commitment to stay engaged in Afghanistan after 2014. Karzai said negotiations have stalled over whether or not to include in the agreement a minimum of $2 billion dollars a year to fund the Afghan army and police.

    Karzai said the U.S. side indicated that in the future it may want to increase the amount of funding, but that he wants the strategic partnership document to include a written guarantee that Washington will provide at least $2 billion to Afghan security forces annually.

    Foreign Troops in Afghanistan

    • U.S. 90,000
    • Britain 9,500
    • Germany 4,800
    • Italy 3,950
    • France 3,600
    • Poland 2,500
    • Romania 1,900
    • Turkey 1,850
    • Australia 1,550
    • Spain 1,500
    • Source: ISAF

    U.S. officials said they could pay up to about $4 billion a year to fund Afghan forces. But they also said the strategic pact is not meant to be a detailed aid package, but rather a broad framework committing both sides to continue to work together for years to come.

    Sunday's attacks by Taliban militants in the Afghan capital and in the eastern Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia provinces have raised concerns about the readiness of Afghan forces to maintain security without U.S. and NATO support.

    U.S. officials are pushing to sign the deal before a NATO conference in Chicago in May.

    But negotiations over the long-term pact with the U.S. have dragged on for months as Karzai has asked for specific commitments before signing. The biggest of these demands - that the U.S. transfer authority over detainees and night raids to the Afghan government - have been recently resolved.

    The Afghan president's comments suggest a growing concern on the Afghan side that the U.S. will not follow through on its promises after most American soldiers leave.

    The U.S. has already greatly reduced some funding for development programs in Afghanistan, and a number of NATO nations are accelerating their withdrawal timetables. On Tuesday, Australia announced it would to pull out its troops nearly a year earlier than planned.

    Watch video of aftermath of Monday attack, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

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    by: hal
    April 18, 2012 5:50 AM
    what a friggin joke ! Anything else we should send to Afghanistan ? Maybe our president ?? Who needs HIM?

    by: Abdul Sami
    April 17, 2012 9:46 PM
    Hi,President Hameed Karzy that you want 2 Million USD it is not enough for Afghanistan Please Strongly Request More than that Thanks

    by: Abdul Sami
    April 17, 2012 9:46 PM
    Hi,President Hameed Karzy that you want 2 Million USD it is not enough for Afghanistan Please Strongly Request More than that Thanks

    by: RUSS
    April 17, 2012 8:25 PM
    Here is Karzai, #! Stop night time raids, #2,Limit day time raids, #3Stop the drone strikes, #4Limit day time drone strikes, #5Stop killing the Taliban, #6 Limit the killing of the taliban,Etc.Etc...NOW he demands BILLIONS of dollars so he can tie our troops hands behind there backs!!,GET REAL!

    by: Mike
    April 17, 2012 12:39 PM
    It was clear to me before this started that this was a predestined Failure. More money will change nothing but pad the corrupt government's Swiss accounts. Stop fooling yourself. Get us out now. Today. By noon if possible. (And yes, I am a conservative Republican.)

    by: chuck
    April 17, 2012 10:49 AM
    I agree with tessa, also-we are broke, we have no money to lend.

    by: Haron
    April 17, 2012 10:38 AM
    i believe that International Communities will support afghan forces. but until this government is remain i'm sure not only 2 billions would be spend for palaces-building but 100 billions will be the same every year as $1 trillion. International communities & U.S can guarantee the measure amounts but after 2014 with new presidential election & with new president of Afg. otherwise trillion & tribion dollar will be spend of oils in anti-bullet armoured (Land cruiser & cruisen)

    by: Jeff Kuryk
    April 17, 2012 9:18 AM
    One way to rescue heavily indoctrinated members of religious cults such as the Taliban is to encourage them to explore the meaning of life. The seed of doubt takes root when they eventually find the kernel of truth that resides at the centre of all mainstream religions, namely "the golden rule." See for yourself at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjIAQQUTCNQI Of course it's a bit difficult to communicate with fools who literally wish to preserve the dark ages.

    by: Tessa
    April 17, 2012 8:45 AM
    Hey, Karzai, PHOOEY! Fund your own country. The only time you're pro-US is when your hand is out.

    by: Karim
    April 17, 2012 8:34 AM
    it will be very nice to have U.S to fund Afghan forces.
    as an Afghan, I thank U.S for helping Afghanistan.

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