Congress again ready to tackle funding of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

05/11/09:  The Miami Herald reports that the debate over how — and for how long — the United States should fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan returns to Washington this week as a wary Congress begins to spar over a $96.7 billion plan to pay this year’s costs for the wars and flu prevention strategies, with final passage likely by the end of the week. Obama has announced an end date for Iraq, but he’s given no timeline for Afghanistan. The bill requires monthly reports from the Pentagon and other national security officials on progress in Iraq. It also mandates a report on Afghanistan and Pakistan by early next year assessing whether those governments are ”demonstrating the necessary commitment, capability, conduct and unity of purpose” to warrant the current level of U.S. involvement.

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