Massive Afghanistan mineral deposits

In Read on June 14, 2010 at 7:17 am

U.S. geologists have identified massive mineral deposits in Afghanistan.  We’re talking maybe $1 trillion, which would be a fundamental game-changer for the Afghan economy (currently consists of growing opium and trafficking drugs).  The New York Times reports:

“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”

“This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy,” said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines.

There seems to be a long road ahead, and many potential pitfalls, but at its heart this is huge for the Afghan people.


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