Afghanistan may have more than a trillion dollars worth of untapped mineral deposits, a spokesman for the ministry of mines has suggested.
A joint team from the Pentagon, US Geological Service and USAID has calculated Afghanistan's mineral deposits are worth at least $900bn.
Geological surveys discovered large quantities of iron and copper as well as valuable deposits of lithium.
But questions are being asked about the timing of the release of information.
The details of a US Geological Service survey of the country were released in 2007. The US assessment of the worth of the deposits was completed in December last year.Continue reading the main story
They not only don't have the infrastructure - road, rail and water - but they don't have basic laws and regulations that will attract investment
Stephanie Sanok CSIS
The trillion dollar calculation was reported in the New York Times on 14 June.
The BBC's Jill McGivering says that at a time of growing despair about Afghanistan and its government, the portraya... >>>
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