The Taliban are sitting on $1T worth of minerals the world desperately needs

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Copper ore is seen at Aynak, Logar Province, Afghanistan. The copper deposits are so rich that the bones of animals recovered by archaeologists on the site are green from metal leaching into them. A giant copper mine that the Afghan government has made the centerpiece of its plans for building an economy nearly from scratch is now at least five years behind schedule and the state-owned Chinese company that won the bidding has missed key deadlines in its still-secret contract with the Afghan government and is trying to renegotiate the deal, according to several officials and observers inside and outside of the mining ministry. (Matthew C. Rains/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
(Copper ore is seen at Aynak in the Logar Province of Afghanistan on March 4, 2013) CNN: The swift fall of Afghanistan to Taliban fighters two decades after the United States invaded the country has triggered a political and humanitarian crisis. It’s also causing security experts to wonder: What’s going to happen to the country’s vast untapped mineral wealth? “But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy

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