reply to post by THE_PROFESSIONAL
Good compilation, albeit of information already known.
The American "discovery" of these mineral deposits broke into the news at around the same time that US allies in Afghanistan were packing up to go
back home. My country (Canada) already had a big political deal years earlier about extending our pull out deadline even to 2010. But then this
Afghan mineral story showed up and suddenly there was support to keep Canadian forces within Afghanistan even until now.
Turns out that these mineral deposits were actually discovered by the Soviets back in the 80s. The Americans, of course, knew this. When allies were
about to leave, the US produced this information publically and of course, countries who kept troops in Afghanistan got to have their stake at
Oh, and it should also be noted that China basically owns most of Afghan copper industry. Western forces obviously wouldn't want the rest of
Afghanistan's mineral deposits falling into Chinese hands (since China owns 90%+ of the earth's supply of rare earth minerals), probably explaining
why they are still fighting the "war on terror" in such a hopeless place.