By Mike Mount and Jill Dougherty
The U.S. military could repay Pakistan up to $1.1 billion as part of a deal struck with that country that opened up NATO supply lines blockaded since last November, according to U.S. officials.
The money is part of a U.S. military program called “coalition support funds,” which reimburses the Pakistani military for counterterrorism efforts. The U.S. halted paying the bills from Pakistan as tension rose between the two countries.
The Pentagon will consult with Congress about paying the bills and review then receipts to decide whether to pay all or part of the $1.1 billion, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to speak on the record but had knowledge of details of the agreement.