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Clinton ties US help to improved accountability

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is demanding more accountability from Afghanistan before it commits more aid for its civilians.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Afghan President Hamid Karzai can do more to reduce corruption and go after those who may have looted U.S. aid in the past.

She tells ABC's "This Week" that the Obama administration wants a tribunal to prosecute major corruption crimes and a new anti-corruption commission.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton said while there have been many improvements in Afghanistan over the last eight years, "there has not been the kind of open, transparent, accountable government" that there should be. She says, "We're going to expect more from the Afghan government going forward."

President Barack Obama is considering whether to send a large number of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Sometime after he returns from Asia late this week, he's expected to announce a troop increase along with clearer limitations on U.S. goals for the war.

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