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US announces aid boost to Pakistan after flooding

GHAZI AIR BASE, Pakistan (AP) - Sen. John Kerry says the U.S. is increasing its flood aid to Pakistan from $90 million to $150 million. Kerry, who's visiting Pakistan, says Washington doesn't want Islamist extremism to increase on the back of the crisis.

Islamist charities have been active in the flood-hit areas, and at least one charity has suspected links to terrorism. There are also concerns that the extent of the suffering in Pakistan could lead to social unrest and political instability that may impact the government's fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Aid groups and the United Nations have complained that foreign donors have not been quick or generous enough given the scale of the disaster that's affected some 20 million people.

Local aid groups, the Pakistani army and international aid agencies have helped hundreds of thousands of people with food, shelter, water and medical care, but they haven't been able to reach everyone.


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