AFGHANISTAN – In the midst of turmoil, one country has turned up a stunning discovery filled with vast riches!
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan. The stunning discovery is enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior government officials.
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 materials that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, United States officials believe.
The Afghan “gold mine” was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed.
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commmander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
According to the NY Times, an internal Pentagon memo states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of Lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
“I think it’s very, very big news for the people of Afghanistan and that we hope will bring then Afghan people together for a cause that will benefit everyone,” Waheed Omar said, spokesman for the president. “This is an economic interest that will benefit all Afghans and will benefit Afghanistan in the long run.”