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Afghanistan will ask for more control of billions of dollars pledged to reconstruct the war-torn country at a major international conference this month.
Critics accuse the government of squandering millions in foreign aid, but President Hamid Karzai says most of the waste occurs on development projects outside official control, and he wants direct access to at least 50 percent of the $13 billion pot.
The Kabul Conference, scheduled for July 20-21, will draw foreign ministers from more than 60 nations to Afghanistan including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to review government projects that the international community hopes will kick start the economy. International donors say they want anti-graft guarantees from the government first.