Lessons From Afghanistan Mining On Conflict Area Ventures

By Ian Coles (October 29, 2021, 12:26 PM EDT) -- The recent departure of NATO forces from Afghanistan came 20 years after those forces first placed boots on the ground in an effort to oust the then-incumbent Taliban regime.

It was shortly after those first boots were planted that attention turned to the potential for mining activity. A now almost infamous article in The New York Times in 2010 speculated that the value of minerals in the ground in Afghanistan might be almost $1 trillion. A geologist might comment that minerals in the ground are worthless.

In 2004 the first geologist from the U.S. Geological Survey visited Kabul to start the process...

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