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Obama announces $5 billion 'counterterrorism partnerships fund'

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The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a new project aimed at helping countries fend off terrorist organizations.

The $5 billion "counterterrorism partnerships fund" was revealed a day after President Obama announced the termination of America's combat role in Afghanistan at the end of this year. With many on the right, including Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and John McCain, R-Ariz., concerned that progress that's been made in the Middle East will be lost after American forces are reduced to a minimum, this lump sum of cash being thrown at the problem offers little reassurance.

On Thursday, Obama asked Congress to support setting up the fund, which is included in the president's fiscal 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations request.

A White House fact sheet on the proposed program "will provide the flexibility and resources required to respond to emerging needs as terrorist threats around the world continue to evolve. The CTPF will build on existing tools and authorities to allow the administration to respond to evolving terrorist threats." Among the tools listed are "Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Special Operations; and other activities."

The White House says these functions will "allow the Department of Defense to conduct expanded train and equip activities; more effectively facilitate and enable the counterterrorism efforts of our partners on the front lines; and, together with the State Department, provide security and stabilization assistance, as well as support efforts to counter violent extremism and terrorist ideology."

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