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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Whilst spending is cut at home...

Whilst spending is cut at home...

Afghanistan aid spending boost expected to be announced

UK spending on Afghanistan aid projects is set to rise by 40% in efforts to hasten the withdrawal of troops from the country.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell is to say securing progress there is his top priority.

The government has already committed £500m on projects in Afghanistan over the next five years.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has restated a target of removing combat forces from the country by 2014.

At a time when we are having to tighten our belts at home, can an increase of £40m be justified for Afghanistan? As pointed out on the Andrew Marr show, it is very likely that this money will be diverted from Africa where it is much needed.

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