Here’s an important article from Stripes. It reports that President Donald Trump, who last week announced that he would be sending more troops to Afghanistan, believes the country’s estimated $1 trillion in mineral resources can be used to repay the United States for what it has spent there.
Source: Trump administration moves forward with Afghanistan mining plan, despite risks – Middle East – Stripes
Of course, the elephant in the room also means that developing the mineral wealth in Afghanistan and divert attention from opium. The US is experiencing an opioid crisis where the large cause of death for the under fifties is drug overdose.
Unfortunately, the Trump strategy seems high risk, so it would be interesting to speculate on risk mitigation options?