NATO countries pledge most of the money needed for Afghan forces
May 21st, 2012
10:24 AM ET

NATO countries pledge most of the money needed for Afghan forces

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By Elise Labott

NATO has raised more than $1 billion toward the $4.3 annual cost needed to fund the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014, two senior U.S. officials tell Security Clearance.

"But we're over $1 billion, heading for the $1.3 goal, earlier than we dared hope," one of the officials said.

NATO was asked to come up with $1.3 billion in annual costs, with Afghanistan paying $500 million and the U.S. paying the rest.

More announcements are expected by NATO allies and members of the ISAF coalition at Monday's session on Afghanistan.

The current target for the Afghan force is around 352,000 army and police. After 2014 that number is expected to dip to about 250,000.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. helenecha

    They're not only the large sums of money but the great immortal hopes as well, I think. But that the very few of them will have found their ways there is not impossible, I'm afraid.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:44 am | Reply
  2. MORE MONEY & BLOOD TO CORRUPT AFGHAN MESS

    OBAMA WINES & DINES THEM TO KEEP NATO PLAYING IN THIS LOST GAME OF CORRUPTION !

    May 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Pudendal Cleft

      As would Idiot Jr. and any other current Republican.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply

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