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Afghanistan Donors To Meet In Tokyo Over Weekend

A family photo of participants at an international donors' conference for Afghanistan that took place in Paris in June 2008
A family photo of participants at an international donors' conference for Afghanistan that took place in Paris in June 2008
Representatives from about 70 countries and organizations will meet in Tokyo on July 8 to pledge funding and support to Afghanistan after foreign troops leave at the end of 2014.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he will ask for $4 billion annually for the first three years after the withdrawal.

Donor nations, however, have said they want more guarantees that their taxpayers' money will not be lost to corruption and mismanagement.

Rights group Amnesty International says donors need confirmation that the aid is directed "to human rights improvements that make a difference to Afghan lives."

Afghanistan has received nearly $60 billion in aid since 2002, but corruption remains rampant in the country.

Transparency International last year said Afghanistan was the second-most corrupt nation in the world.

Based on reporting by AP and RFE/RL
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 08, 2012 09:07
In other news on "combating" international terrorism: While the guys who are getting kicked out of Afghanistan in two years time are discussing in Tokyo how to "prevent the return of the terrorist threat to the Afghan soil", it appears that in another part of the world - in the African region of Sahel - the al-Qaeda network is establishing a new stronghold from which they plan to attack the interests of NATO.
Today's (Sunday) Spanish media is informing of the existence of reports prepared by EU structures, according to which al-Qaeda in Sahel managed to recruit 5000 new and ARMED fighters as a result of the overthrowal of the govt of Muammar al-Qaddafi in Lybia the last year. These EU reports allegedly also say that al-Qaeda has managed to acquired land-to-air missiles (again from the former arsenal of the al-Qaddafi govt) with which they can shoot down planes that fly over the Sahel region.
And one should of course not forget who to thank for all this: Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarcozy and this British US-poodle (what was his name already?) - they have made this spread of intl terrorism possible by destroying Lybia with their bombs.
Source: http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2012/07/07/actualidad/1341696955_789895.html

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