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Afghan mining contracts won by nepotism: study

According to a latest study by the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Afghanistan’s mining contracts lack transparency and majority of the benefits from benefitting go to the pockets of high-ranking government officials, parliamentarians, powerful individuals and Taliban militants. The study claims

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Afghanistan’s cache of rare earth elements suspected to be larger than latest estimates

Geologists actually mapping the country’s mineral bounty suspect its prime cache of coveted rare earth elements is considerably larger than the latest estimate lets on Recent exploration of rare volcanic rocks in the rugged, dangerous desert of southern Afghanistan has identified world-class

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