A US survey has uncovered at least one trillion dollars worth of mineral deposits in Afghanistan but there are doubts as to how the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall. A Pentagon spokesman says the study by US geologists found Afghanistan has reserves of valuable minerals on a much larger scale than previously believed.
The value of the minerals including lithium, iron, gold, niobium and cobalt is estimated at nearly one trillion dollars according to the study, but the spokesman says that's a conservative estimate.
President Hamid Karzai said in January the deposits could help the impoverished nation become one of the richest in the world.
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