The head of the U-S Agency for International Development says the destruction he has seen in Afghanistan is the worst he has seen in more than a decade of service, covering civil wars around the world.
U-S-A-I-D head Andrew Natsios is in Afghanistan to assess how the United States should apportion the 296-million dollars it pledged this week at the Tokyo conference for Afghanistan's reconstruction.
Speaking to reporters in Kabul, today (Saturday), Mr. Natsios said much of the country has been devastated by conflict and four years of drought.
He said the bulk of U-S aid money would be aimed at infrastructure. He added that he is encouraged by the willingness of Afghans to make a fresh start -- particularly in agriculture and education.
The United States is the biggest aid donor to Afghanistan. Funds earmarked by Washington for Afghanistan will be spent either directly on U-S-A-I-D projects, or filtered into other projects run by United Nations organizations and local non-governmental organizations.