US Congress approves new funding for Afghan war

 BBC News

The US House of Representatives has approved funds to pay for President Barack Obama’s increase in US troop numbers in Afghanistan.

The 308 to 114 vote comes at a time when some lawmakers are growing sceptical about the nine-year-old war.

The bill, which Mr Obama will sign into law, provides roughly $59bn (£45.4bn) for 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan and other programmes.

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