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The world, so to speak, has been sleeping with the developments in Afghanistan for days.
After 20 years of US occupation, the Taliban, who entered the capital Kabul on Sunday and took de facto control of the country’s administration, have dominated most of the country.
The Taliban, who defeated government forces and captured the capital in just 10 days, did not only have the territory of Afghanistan. He also became the owner of $ 1,000 billion worth of minerals beneath these lands.
According to CNN International information, Afghanistan is presented as one of the poorest countries in the world. But US military officials and geologists have revealed that the country rests on nearly $ 1 trillion in mineral deposits that could dramatically change the economic situation.
According to this discovery made in 2010, mineral resources such as iron, copper and gold are scattered across the country.
According to the same study, Afghanistan is also home to rare earth minerals, and perhaps more importantly, one of the world’s largest lithium deposits is located here.
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Recalling that the substance in question is used in rechargeable batteries, CNN International describes this substance as “a vital but rare ingredient in the fight against the climate crisis”.
As countries seek to switch to electric cars and other clean technologies to reduce their carbon emissions, the demand for rare earth elements such as neodymium, as well as metals such as lithium and cobalt, is increasing. .
The International Energy Agency, meanwhile, draws attention to the fact that the global supply of lithium, copper, nickel, cobalt and rare earths must increase rapidly or the world will fail in its attempt to fight against the climate crisis.
“Afghanistan is certainly one of the regions richest in traditional precious metals,” said scientist and security expert Rod Schoonover, and stressed that this wealth is valid for minerals which are on the rise in the 21st century.
Schoonover made the following statements in a statement to CNN International;
“Security concerns, a lack of infrastructure and severe droughts have hampered the extraction of the most valuable minerals in the past. This is unlikely to change in the short term under Taliban control. Yet give me countries like China, Pakistan and India that can invest in this country despite the chaos.
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