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Obama seeks $5 billion fund to take anti-terror leadership

LiveMint logoLiveMint 28-05-2014 Roger Runningen

Washington: The White House will be asking Congress for a $5 billion anti-terrorism fund to help train other countries and form alliances.

The fund is part of a planned supplemental budget request for the defense department that will reflect Obama’s decisions to pull troops out of Afghanistan, increase aid to the Syrian opposition and other shifts in US foreign policy, according to a White House fact sheet made public on Wednesday.

The counter terrorism money is designed to take on this rising radical extremism that challenges rule of law in so many places, secretary of state John Kerry said on CBS This Morning on Wednesday.

Terrorism is the principle challenge for US foreign policy, he said. The US will also ramp up assistance to Syrian opposition, although it’s not going to put boots on the ground.

President Barack Obama plans to talk about his foreign policy on Wednesday during his commencement speech at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. That policy seeks to balance the nation’s commitments against the limits of American military, economic and political power.

When Obama submitted his budget to Congress on 4 March, he didn’t include the usual war operations funding because of the uncertainty over Afghanistan. Some lawmakers have objected to the delay.

The White House fact sheet said the $5 billion for the anti-terrorism campaign will allow us to pursue a more sustainable and effective approach to combating terrorism that focuses on empowering and enabling our partners around the globe.

Within the $5 billion, the defense department would receive funds for increased intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, along with an expanded special operations programme. BLOOMBERG

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