Security risks, frayed relations dog US, Afghans

Mar 10, 2013 Full story: Tri-cityherald.com 10

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford, quickly rejected the charges President Hamid Karzai made Sunday as "categorically false." But the accusations were just the latest in a series of disputes that have frayed relations between the two nations as the U.S. works to wind down the war and turn the country's security over to the ... (more)

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Aliroger1

Toronto, Canada

#2 Mar 11, 2013
AMERICA HAS LOST ANOTHER WAR

After 12 years and billions of dollars and an ocean of blood, America is staggering out of Afghanistan, beaten and exhausted, while the Taliban is still standing and ready to continue the fight with vigor. Karzai is appealing to the Taliban now.

“Obama Shames the USA”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#3 Mar 11, 2013
Barack Benghazi screwed the pooch in Afghanistan too.
Robert

Douglasville, GA

#4 Mar 11, 2013
Why wait till 2014 they will fall after we leave no matter when.
American Israeli Cabal

Aledo, IL

#5 Mar 12, 2013
Maybe our national troops will leave, but their will be military advisors inbedded in the Ahfgan Army caling the shots. Afganistan has great mineral wealth reserves, and we are not going to miss out on the wealth they represents. They are already dividing the spoils of war up that our troops died for so big American corporations could exploit Ahfganistan. Wars are never fought for the statements nation propagandize about. There is always a hidden agenda and that is the vast mineral deposits to be attained.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#6 Mar 12, 2013
June 13, 2010

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.

The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.

“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday.“There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”

So far, the biggest mineral deposits discovered are of iron and copper, and the quantities are large enough to make Afghanistan a major world producer of both, United States officials said. Other finds include large deposits of niobium, a soft metal used in producing superconducting steel, rare earth elements and large gold deposits in Pashtun areas of southern Afghanistan.
Aliroger1

Toronto, Canada

#7 Mar 12, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
June 13, 2010
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday.“There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
So far, the biggest mineral deposits discovered are of iron and copper, and the quantities are large enough to make Afghanistan a major world producer of both, United States officials said. Other finds include large deposits of niobium, a soft metal used in producing superconducting steel, rare earth elements and large gold deposits in Pashtun areas of southern Afghanistan.
ACTUALLY, THE MINERAL RIGHTS WERE OPENED TO TENDER, AND GUESS WHO WON THE TENDER FOR ALL THAT COPPER MINING???? LOLLL Yep, the Chinese walked off with the largest contract in Afghanistan!!! LOLLL Nice huh.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#8 Mar 12, 2013
Aliroger1 wrote:
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ACTUALLY, THE MINERAL RIGHTS WERE OPENED TO TENDER, AND GUESS WHO WON THE TENDER FOR ALL THAT COPPER MINING???? LOLLL Yep, the Chinese walked off with the largest contract in Afghanistan!!! LOLLL Nice huh.
Good to know.

They got a big one, for sure

As the United States and its NATO allies prepare to pack their bags, China is looking toward a long presence in Afghanistan with mining, energy and transport projects. A low-key presence on the ground, Chinese firms and diplomats are thinking and acting in terms that have a horizon beyond 2014. Beijing may not be angling to take over the country, but in contrast to the West’s increasingly unseemly rapid exit, it is setting itself up to guarantee its long-term interests.

The most visible evidence of this long-term approach can be seen in the two major projects Chinese firms have already won in Afghanistan. First of these is the famous Aynak copper mine in Logar province. Potentially one of the world’s largest copper sources, it is a Chinese project jointly managed by the Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) and Jiangxi Copper with more than $3 billion worth of investment in the war-torn country. Primarily a copper mine, the project contract also was expected to help develop local infrastructure, including a train connecting the region to Kabul, local roads, local schools, hospitals and employment for local Afghans.

But the Chinese project is currently stalled. An archaeological site found atop one of the excavation points has provided the Chinese firms with a good reason to slow production, and a precarious security situation has exacerbated these considerations. The reality is the firm is in no hurry. Copper prices will only go up, and now that the Chinese firm has won the contract and already spent considerable funds (including an initial signing bonus to the Afghan Ministry of Mines of $808 million), they can happily sit on the project until the overall political situation becomes clearer.

In both cases, these state-owned Chinese firms have made substantial and long-term investments in Afghanistan. In need of routes to extract the materials they mine, they are invested in ensuring that the nation gets the appropriate infrastructure, linking the natural resource projects in Afghanistan to its burgeoning transport network in Central Asia. As mentioned, the proposal for Aynak included the construction of a railroad to Kabul, which would connect to Chinese rail projects in the north of Afghanistan and onward into Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Western China. This network is also set to stretch to the Indian Ocean, the Chinese-built port at Gwadar in Pakistan and the Iranian coast.
Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#9 Mar 12, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
June 13, 2010
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday.“There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
So far, the biggest mineral deposits discovered are of iron and copper, and the quantities are large enough to make Afghanistan a major world producer of both, United States officials said. Other finds include large deposits of niobium, a soft metal used in producing superconducting steel, rare earth elements and large gold deposits in Pashtun areas of southern Afghanistan.
A day late and a doller short on this. All the mining contracts for all these assets are with Chinese companies, who have been busy for a year and a half developing, extracting and shipping the minerals back to china. A railroad is under construction to speed up the process. We have reasonable working relations with all sides in Afganastan. You like war, we like business and profit
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#10 Mar 13, 2013
Bob Burns wrote:
<quoted text>A day late and a doller short on this. All the mining contracts for all these assets are with Chinese companies, who have been busy for a year and a half developing, extracting and shipping the minerals back to china. A railroad is under construction to speed up the process. We have reasonable working relations with all sides in Afganastan. You like war, we like business and profit
But war IS our business and it is profitable, just not for the people who actually fight in them or the governments who start them.

Just take a look at our defense budget.

Just about the only thing we are ranked number 1 in the world.
UidiotRaceMakew0 rldPeace

Woodside, NY

#11 Mar 13, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
But war IS our business and it is profitable, just not for the people who actually fight in them or the governments who start them.
Just take a look at our defense budget.
Just about the only thing we are ranked number 1 in the world.
Money not well spend should be going to development of US decrePIT infrastructure, Education, Social Programs... and it ruined US civil liberties, and created police State , and to incite Blowback of enemies for invading other nations for thier raw resources.

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