U.S. president Barack Obama has requested Congress for an additional $11.6 billion in supplemental war-related funding, which would include money for military operations in Afghanistan and fight against Islamic State militants (ISIL).
The request, detailed in a letter released by the WhiteHouse, seeks an additional $5.8 billion for the Pentagon for military operations in Afghanistan and fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and an $5.8 billion for the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for fiscal 2017.
"For the Department of Defense, this plan reflects the evolving nature of our military campaign against ISIL and our efforts in Afghanistan," U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement as cited by Reuters.
The funding would also allow the State Department and USAID to counter extremism, Carter added.
"Swift passage of this plan will help the Department of Defense and our partners in the U.S. government and around the world protect this nation, and I urge Congress to support it," the statement noted.
However, some Afghan parliament members believe the funding would be effective if being used for strengthening the capabilities of the Afghan military forces.