Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pentagon report in April never mentioned $1 trillion in Afghan wealth

From Raw Story

Original goal of Pentagon task force that performed Afghan minerals survey was to get "contracts going between US firms and Iraqi firms"

A RAW STORY investigation has revealed that a report released by the Pentagon last April on the progress of the Afghanistan "surge" included only a single passing reference to a survey that is now being touted as having discovered mineral resources in that nation potentially worth $1 trillion.

The lack of any mention of dramatic new discoveries is likely to reinforce suspicions that there is something bogus about the claim in last Sunday's New York Times that "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..."

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