US military to boost humanitarian aid to Pakistan
President George W. Bush has offered an initial $50 million in U.S. emergency aid to Pakistan, which has been a close ally in Washington's war on terrorism.
Bush's government, criticized for an initially slow response to last December's Asian tsunami and for a sluggish reaction to Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast in August, has already sent helicopters and planeloads of disaster aid to Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people were killed in the weekend quake.
The United States is expected to have about 40 helicopters on the ground in Pakistan within weeks, said Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command responsible for the region.
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