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In Response to Re: Is this why we fight? by ANNIESWORKSHOP
<I don't think this has anything to do with why we fight...and in fact this is not a NEW discovery....it appears for a long while now it's been known...it's a long way before it's a roaring industry if they can ever manage something like that.>
From the article cited at the beginning of this thread:
WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, 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.
The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium —
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.
Instead of bringing peace, the newfound mineral wealth could lead the Taliban to battle even more fiercely to regain control of the country.