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US Announces $110 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Pakistan


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced $110 million in new humanitarian aid to Pakistan to help an estimated two million displaced people.

Clinton said the money will go to international assistance efforts to help those who have fled their homes in Swat Valley, where Pakistani troops are engaged in fierce fighting with Taliban militants.

Speaking at the White House Tuesday, Clinton said the Obama administration hopes those who fled will be able to return home quickly, safely and on a voluntary basis. She said Pakistan is fighting a tough battle against the militants.

Clinton, the top U.S. diplomat, said the defeat of the Taliban and al-Qaida is in the interest of not only Pakistan and the region, but also of the United States.

She said the new funding announced Tuesday will be used in a number of ways, including to provide relief kits, FM radios and generators, and to purchase wheat and other items from local sources.

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