With reservations, countries pledge $17 billion in aid for Afghanistan
By Helene Cooper
Thursday, June 12, 2008
PARIS: The United States, Europe and more than 60 other countries and international institutions offered more than $17 billion in aid for Afghanistan at a donors conference here Thursday. But amid the public pledges of support, officials were fretting over whether the Afghan government is doing all it can to make sure the money goes to rebuilding and not into the pockets of warlords and corrupt government officials.