Afghanistan army to receive 4 billion dollars annually from US and EU
The West will subsidize Afghan security forces by more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014, President Hamid Karzai has said.
Karzai told a graduation ceremony at a military academy in Kabul: “It’s set that post-2014, for the next 10 years until 2024, the international community, with the U.S. in the lead and followed by Europe and other countries, will pay Afghanistan security forces $4.1 billion annually.”
That’s a fraction of current western spending on the war. The 10-year conflict has cost the U.S., alone, more than $444 billion.
Following Karzai’s speech, a western official stressed that the numbers were part of a model being discussed in the run-up to the NATO summit in Chicago in May, nothing had been decided and “everything is conditions based.”