Monday, June 14, 2010
The New York Times reports that the United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan. These deposits show mineral resources far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials interviewed by the New York Times.
The mineral deposits include huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold, lithium and other minerals essential to modern industry. U.S. officials believe that with this discovery, Afghanistan could become one of the most important mining centers in the world.