Good news for Afghanistan Following

by Nathan Hamm on 8/25/2003

Good news for Afghanistan
Following up on the rumors of a new plan for Afghanistan, the NYT has the details here.
Here’s a rundown of the major points: – doubling aid to Afghanistan to
$1.8 billion per year (still paltry, but it’s a start)
– a dozen senior US officials will advise Afghan ministers
– 70 positions added to the embassy with most of the entire senior
staff replaced
– expansion of peacekeeping forces to other cities
– four 120 soldier provincial reconstruction teams will be sent
throughout the country
– US will build eight regional police training centers to train 19,000
new police officers
Though Afghanistan’s bureaucracy will have difficulty absorbing the
aid, the hope is that the country will improve enough to give Hamid
Karzai enough legitimacy to win next year’s election. Maybe this is so
late in coming because they didn’t want to risk him peaking too soon?

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