Obama to ask for civilian Afghan aid through 2017

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TOKYO (AP) - The Obama administration says it will ask Congress to sustain U.S. assistance for Afghanistan near the average amount it has been over the last decade through 2017.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. funds will help Afghanistan build its economy and make necessary reforms.

She will make the pledge Sunday as some 70 countries gathered in Tokyo to announce a four-year civilian assistance plan. Altogether they are promising to give $16 billion to Afghanistan through 2015.

Annual U.S. civilian assistance since 2001 has ranged from $1 billion to this year's high of $2.3 billion.

The State Department says the aid request to Congress through 2017 would be to maintain funding at or near the average level, without specifying further.

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