Afghanistan has turned into the longest war the United States has ever been involved in. It’s been a continuous war marked by U.S. military occupation. We’re told we are there as a counterterrorism force, as Afghanistan is defined as a state sponsor of terrorism, even though it was not responsible for the attack on America on September 11, 2001. It’s been proven that operatives from Saudi Arabia were responsible for the attacks on the Twin Towers.

We’re told that it’s a war of retribution, to protect America from further terrorist attacks, as we continue to watch Americans die in this fight on the other side of the globe. It makes me sick to share with you why American heroes continue to die in Afghanistan, but this is the reality of the world we live in. Under the Afghan-US security pact, established under Obama’s Asian pivot, Washington and its NATO partners have established a permanent military presence in Afghanistan, with military facilities located within proximity of China’s western frontier. The pact was intended to allow the US to maintain their nine permanent military bases, strategically located on the borders of China, Pakistan and Iran as well as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Therein lies the real question, why are we really in Afghanistan? Because there is both a geopolitical as well as an economic agenda in Afghanistan requiring the permanent presence of US troops. On February 28, 2017 President Trump addressed to a joint session of Congress, his vow to demolish and destroy terrorist groups in Syria, and Iraq as well as Afghanistan.

Americans are not being told the entire truth as to why we needed to keep more US military forces deployed in Afghanistan, than any other active combat zone.

The truth is⏤Afghanistan has vast mineral, gas and oil reserves, and produces more than 90% of the world supply of opium, which is used to produce grade 4 heroin. US military bases in Afghanistan are also intent upon protecting the multibillion-dollar narcotics trade. Narcotics constitutes the centerpiece of Afghanistan’s export economy. Instated at the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war and protected by the CIA, the drug trade developed over the years into a highly lucrative multibillion-dollar undertaking. It was the cornerstone of America’s covert war in the 1980s to support the Mujahideen “Freedom Fighters” (aka Al Qaeda). Today, under US NATO military occupation, the drug trade generates cash earnings in Western markets in excess of $200 billion a year.

The United States once supported Al Qaeda utilizing the opium trade, in order to fight the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. 

Afghanistan is a strategic hub in central Asia, and borders on the former Soviet Union, China and Iran, at the crossroads of pipeline routes in major oil and gas reserves, it’s huge mineral wealth as well as its untapped natural gas reserves have remained completely unknown to the American public.

According to a joint report by the Pentagon, the US geological survey (USGS) Afghanistan is now said to possess previously unknown and untapped mineral reserves, estimated to be in the order of $1 trillion dollars. Afghanistan is a cornucopia of previously unknown deposits, including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium. 

While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war. The value of these mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistan’s existing economy of a mere $12 billion dollars, which is based largely on opium production in narcotics trafficking, as well as aid from the United States and other industrialized countries.

Lithium for example, is an increasingly vital resource, used in batteries for everything from mobile phones to laptops and is a key to the future of the electric car. At present Chile, Bolivia, Australia, China and Argentina are the main suppliers of lithium to the world market. Earlier in this century, the Pentagon began conducting ground surveys in western Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said that their initial analysis at one location in Ghazni province, showed the potential for lithium deposits as large as those of Bolivia.

As it turns out Afghanistan possesses reserves of nonferrous and ferrous metals and precious stones as well. If exploited, they would possibly be able to cover even the earnings from the drug industry.

Over the past 40 years, several dozen deposits have been discovered in Afghanistan, and most of these discoveries were enormous in scope. They were kept secret, however, but even so certain facts have recently become known. There are large deposits of gold, fluorite, barytes and marble onyxes that have a very rare pattern were also found. Along with rubies, beryllium, emeralds and kunzites that cannot be found anywhere else. The deposits of these precious stones stretch for hundreds of miles. Many of these rare metals are of strategic importance, as they are used in air and spacecraft construction.

Under US and allied occupation, this mineral wealth is slated to be plundered, once the country has been pacified by a handful of multinational mining conglomerates. Part of the US NATO agenda is also to eventually take possession of Afghanistan’s reserve of natural gas, as well as prevent the development of competing Russian, Iranian and Chinese energy interests in Afghanistan. 

Granted, our troops are there to also fight and kill as many militants as they can. For the first time in recent memory, we are about to see a cease-fire and peace deal with the Taliban, to whom the U.S. toppled in 2001 as the government in charge of Afghanistan. However, this is not the case with Al Qaeda, to whom war still wages. In the meantime, it’s likely we will continue to see our brave soldiers coming home in coffins. Is it worth it? Only time will tell.