|White House Breakdown of $87 Billion Anti-Terror Money|
Mon Sep 8, 4:09 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday gave a breakdown of where the $87 billion requested by President Bush (news - web sites) for the war on terror would be spent.
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"Most of these funds ($66 billion) are dedicated to give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to succeed in their missions in Iraq (news - web sites), Afghanistan (news - web sites) and elsewhere in the war on terror," the White House said in a statement.
"The remainder of the funds ($21 billion) are dedicated to helping to build safe, stable and self-governing societies in these nations ravaged by decades of misrule."
-- In Iraq, about $51 billion will support ongoing military operations. Of that, $800 million will provide transport and support to troops of coalition partners that are willing to commit to the operation.
Another $300 million will buy body armor and $140 million will deliver heavily armored Humvees to protect U.S. forces.
An unspecified amount of the money will pay for two-week furloughs for U.S. troops who have been in Iraq for a year. Unspecified amounts will be used to repair and replace damaged or lost equipment and provide "rapid fielding support."
-- About $20 billion will be used for Iraqi reconstruction. The Bush administration said initial estimates put the total cost of reconstruction at $50 billion to $75 billion.
Of the $20 billion, about $5 billion will be spent to train border guards, a new Iraqi army, police force and local civilian defense corps, as well as building a judicial and penal system.
The other $15 billion will go for infrastructure: building and repairing clinics; providing drinking water; opening ports, railroad lines and airports; restoring oil production and providing electrical service.
-- In Afghanistan, about $11 billion will be spent to support U.S. forces' efforts to "track down terrorists and provide stability."
In addition, the administration will take $400 million from existing accounts to accelerate progress on Afghanistan reconstruction. The president's request seeks $800 million to address "critical remaining security and reconstruction needs." Some $1.8 billion has previously been appropriated for these purposes, in addition to $5 billion pledged by the international community.
This aid includes over $400 million to train and support the Afghan National Army and national police, border and highway patrol; over $300 million to accelerate construction of roads, schools, clinics and local small-scale projects; over $120 million will be used to train and employ demobilized militiamen; and nearly $300 million will support efforts to establish the rule of law, elections and the Afghanistan government's operational requirements.