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  •  "China Wins $700 Million Afghan Oil and Gas... (2+ / 0-)
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    Deal" (Dec. 2011)

    China’s National Petroleum Corporation became the first foreign company today to tap into Afghanistan’s oil and gas reserves. Officials estimate that the deal could be worth more than $700 million.

    Lucrative Afghan Oil Deal Was Awarded Properly, Karzai Says... Ummhumm... (June 2012) Of course it was:

    "...the China National Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with a company controlled by relatives of President Karzai, began pumping oil...

    China's CNPC begins oil production in Afghanistan... (Oct. 2012)

    Canadian Firm Discovers Afghanistan Oil Field   (Oct. 2012)

    A spokesman for Afghanistan's Mining Ministry, Jawad Omer, has told RFE/RL that the Canadian company Terraseis has located a large oil field in the northwestern part of the country...

    Potential for a Mining Boom Splits Factions in Afghanistan (Sept. 2012)

    ...trillion-dollar reservoir of natural resourcesoil, gold, iron ore, copper, lithium and other minerals — that has brought hopes of a more self-sufficient country, if only the wealth can be wrested from blood-soaked soil...

    ...the potential resource boom seems increasingly imperiled by corruption, violence and intrigue, and has put the Afghan government’s vulnerabilities on display.

    ...with the impending departure of NATO troops in 2014 and old regional and ethnic rivalries resurfacing, raising concerns that the mineral wealth could become the fuel for civil conflict.

    Powerful regional warlords and militant leaders are jockeying to widen their turf to include areas with mineral wealth...In the capital, Kabul, factional maneuvering is in full swing, including disputes over lucrative side contracts awarded to relatives of President Hamid Karzai.  

    If you were to pick a country that involves high risk in developing a new mining sector, Afghanistan is it...” “But the genie is out of the bottle...

    The report(s) go on to describe the battle for control of the resources...

    So--while the US infrastructure crumbles our politicians sternly lecture its citizens that they must accept austerity measures to balance the budget--our country continues to hemorrhage our blood and our national treasure to attempt to nation build in a country controlled by a corrupt administration.  

    Our troops continue to be killed by attacks from their own "allies".  

    And countries like China continue to reap the spoils as we continue to pay the price.

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