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U.S. House Passes Afghan Aid Bill, With Conditions

(RFE/RL) June 7, 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill granting $6.4 billion in humanitarian, economic, and military assistance to Afghanistan.

But the bill would cut U.S. aid to local governments in Afghanistan with ties to drug dealers, criminals, or terrorists.

The White House says such conditions are unrealistic.

The bill also requires reports to Congress on the alleged inflow of Iranian arms.

The measure still needs to pass the Senate, where similar legislation is being discussed.

(AP, AFP, Reuters)