The Difficulties of Extracting Afghanistan’s Hidden Mineral Treasures
By Franz J. Marty
While Afghanistan’s mineral riches are often depicted as a way out of aid dependency, Afghan miners continue to face problems in realizing those dreams.
Why the Americans Shouldn't Dig for Coal in Afghanistan
By Catherine Putz
There's coal in them thar Afghan hills.
Taliban Loot Afghanistan's Mineral Riches
By Yigal Chazan
Illegal mining fuels the Taliban insurgency, threatening to turn the country’s vast mineral wealth into a "resource curse."
Digging for Mines in Afghanistan
By Ivan A. Flores
International efforts are slowly bringing hope to an otherwise grim situation.