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A British soldier standing guard outside a Kabul school in June (epa)
October 23, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Canada has announced plans to give $26 million to aid rebuilding in Afghanistan and to help improve economic opportunities for Afghan women.
International Cooperation Minister Josee Verner, who visited Afghanistan on October 22, said in a statement that nearly half of the money is to be used to build schools and train 4,000 female school teachers for some 120,000 schoolchildren, most of them girls, in 11 Afghan provinces.
The Canadian statement said another $4.4 million is to be used to help some 1,500 Afghan women grow and sell fruits and vegetables.
(with material from AFP)
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):Real Audio Windows Media
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