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Donors Pledge $13 Billion for Afghanistan as U.S. Looks to Exit

  • $19 billion of U.S. funding since 2002 lost to ‘waste’: SIGAR
  • Half of the Afghan national budget is dependent on foreign aid
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International donors have pledged about $13 billion over the next four years for war-stricken Afghanistan -- about $2 billion less than the last pledge in 2016 -- at a time when the U.S. is accelerating its plan to exit the country following a peace deal with Taliban militants.

About 70 countries and more than 30 international organizations during a one-day meeting in Geneva on Tuesday offered $3.3 billion for 2021 “with annual commitments expected to stay at the same level year-on-year” for the next four years, the United Nations said in a statement in Kabul.