Oct 3, 2011
U.S. government geologists say there are huge mineral deposits in Afghanistan, including iron, copper, gold, lithium and recently discovered “rare earth elements” critical in electronics, automobiles, oil refining and several other industries – and in short supply in the world.
For the past seven years, 50 geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey have worked under the armed protection of U.S. military forces to discover and map the rich Afghan mineral deposits – in the middle of the U.S. war there.
While few other U.S.-sponsored Afghan development projects have ever gotten off the ground, the war-ravaged headquarters building of the Afghanistan Geological Survey in Kabul got a 6.5 million dollar U.S.-financed renovation. It now has a modern digital data center and employs 100 full-time scientists and engineers using data gathered on the ground and from specially-equipped U.S. military planes and satellites.
U.S. companies already have invested in Afghan gold deposits, while Chinese and Indian companies are mining copper and iron in Afghanistan.
What a “coincidence!”
In the midst of a war supposedly aimed at finding terrorists, the U.S. finds rare minerals its companies will exploit very profitably!