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The United States will send $64 million of aid to support humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Defense Department will shift its approach to countering terrorist threats in the area.

  • Lisa Curtis, senior fellow and director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, former deputy assistant to the president on the National Security Council, said it is important for the United States to provide assistance with basic needs to Afghans, as they have relied on international aid for the last 20 years, but that the $9 billion in frozen assets the U.S. holds should be conditional on the Taliban’s willingness to fight terrorism and respect women’s rights.
  • Curtis said there are dozens of international non-governmental organizations that have worked in Afghanistan over the last 20 years that distribute aid.
  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) directs assistance to organizations and oversees where it goes and how it is used, said Curtis.

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