Peace march after Obama announces boost in Afghanistan
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03/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
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President Obama announced today that he intends to send 4,000 more U.S. troops and additional civilian aid workers to stem the worsening insurgency in Afghanistan.

The 4,000 new troops would train Afghan soldiers. The plan could increase the $2 billion monthly cost for Afghanistan by 60%.

Obama also called on Congress to approve legislation authorizing $1.5 billion in aid to Pakistan every year over the next five years, to be used for strengthening its democratic institutions and for basic infrastructure improvements like roads and schools.

The President said he will monitor progress by a series of benchmarks and metrics imposed on efforts by Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today that in respect to Pakistan, the metrics would include proven efforts on "education, civilian construction and job creation."

The move will not please anti-war activists. Jeff Nall, co-organizer of the Florida Mass March for Peace, spoke with WMNF. The march for peace will take place at Bean Park in Melbourne, March 28 at 2pm.

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