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Afghanistan/Pakistan Aid

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, day in and day out our soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting a resurgent Taliban that directs its activities out of the lawless regions of Pakistan. They are fighting bravely but are consistently undermined by the poor direction of resources meant to aid Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It is deeply disturbing to hear that the Taliban are successfully diverting our own U.S. aid money to fund their insurgency. According to recent reports from GlobalPost, the Taliban has

extorted as much as $80 million from American aid contractors in just the last year. Taliban insurgents insist on getting a cut before projects are built in areas under their control, and then they turn around and use these funds to fight coalition forces. Further reports out of Pakistan indicate that billions of dollars in military aid from the U.S. was diverted to nonmilitary purposes over the course of the last 6 years.

This region must not become a haven for worldwide terrorism. Supporting our troops means that we must do everything in our power to root out this corruption and stop our tax dollars from being diverted to our enemies or misused by our allies.

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