Posted by | June 14, 2010 00:08 | Filed under: Top Stories

In what will surely transform the economy of Afghanistan, and probably the war, a trillion dollars in mineral deposits was discovered in Afghanistan by a team of Pentagon officials and American geologists.

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.

Now look for another kind of war to begin.

Instead of bringing peace, the newfound mineral wealth could lead the Taliban to battle even more fiercely to regain control of the country.

The corruption that is already rampant in the Karzai government could also be amplified by the new wealth, particularly if a handful of well-connected oligarchs, some with personal ties to the president, gain control of the resources.

Also, look for the United States not to leave Afghanistan anytime soon.

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By: Alan

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