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US Pledges $64 Million in Aid to Afghanistan, Promises to Respect Sanctions

The United States has promised to send about $64 million more in aid to Afghanistan, pledging to respect sanctions on the Taliban terrorist group that now controls the country. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State are sending the aid through independent organizations like United Nations agencies and non-governmental groups to “provide life-saving support directly to Afghans facing the compounding effects of insecurity, conflict, recurring natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic,” USAID said in a statement on Monday. The Taliban took over Afghanistan in mid-May, routing the U.S.-backed Afghan forces in a series of fights. U.S. troops rushed back to the country to secure Kabul’s airport and allow the evacuation of some 120,000 people, but withdrew on Aug. 30. Sanctions on the Taliban will be respected when apportioning the aid, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers in Washington on Monday. “We have …

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