A Lost Struggle To Mine Afghan Gold Financial Times
Afghanistan has abundant natural resources. This includes vast reserves of gold, platinum, silver, copper, iron, chromite, tantalum, lithium, uranium, and aluminum. In the north and south, there are several hydrocarbon sites. The country also has massive deposits of dimension stone. The deposits of copper and iron ore are some of the largest in the world, ranging from 60 to 2,200 million tons, respectively.4 The U.S. Department of Defenses Task Force for Business and Stability Operations TFBSO estimated that the reserves of oil and natural gas could be worth more than 220 billion.