Report: US finds mineral riches in Afghanistan

FILE -- In a June 9, 2010 file photo US General David H. Petraeus commander of United States central Command, CENTCOM, speaks at the Royal United Service Institute, Land Warfare conference in London, England. the New York Times reports that Petraeus has told them "hugely significant" mineral deposits have been located in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant/file) (AP Photo/Alastair Grant/file)

June 14, 2010 5:50:41 AM PDT
A team of U.S. geologists and Pentagon officials has discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, conceivably enough to turn the scarred and impoverished country into one of the world's most lucrative mining centers, The New York Times reports.

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