Bush asks US Congress for $60 million for Pakistan's tribal areas

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October 22, 2007 22:12

 
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President George W. Bush is asking U.S. lawmakers for $60 million (€42.3 million) meant to help Pakistan improve life for people in the violent tribal regions along the Afghan border. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is a key US ally, and the Bush administration is eager to bolster his government against a rising Islamic militancy in the lawless tribal areas. Violence linked to militants has killed more than 1,000 people in a little over three months - most in the tribal belt on the border.

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