U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan

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.At WarNotes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict in the post-9/11 era.Go to the Blog >>MultimediaGraphicMinerals in AfghanistanReaders' Comments Readers shared their thoughts on this article. * Read All Comments (1460) >>The previously unknown deposits -- including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium -- are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.