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US slashes aid to Afghanistan

US slashes aid to Afghanistan

Created: March 24, 2020 10:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is slashing $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan and threatening further reductions in all forms of cooperation after the country's rival leaders failed to agree on forming a new government.

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The announcement came from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday after he made an unannounced visit to the Kabul to meet with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah who have each declared themselves president of the country after disputed elections last year.

In an unusually harsh statement, Pompeo slammed the two men for being unable to work together and threatening a potential peace deal that could end America's longest-running conflict.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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