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Bush Asks for $70 Billion More for Iraq, Afghanistan


The White House will ask Congress for an additional $70 billion in emergency funds to help pay for the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The money comes on top of $50 billion approved late last year. The funds are intended to keep military operations in those two countries going through this fiscal year, which ends in September.

Since the September, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Defense Department has spent a total of $320 billion on campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, not counting this latest request.

The request follows Congress' approval Wednesday of slashing $39 billion in health, education and other benefits, and as the Senate begins debating a Republican-proposed $70 billion tax reduction.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.