American geologists have found an estimated $1 trillion worth of ores in Afghanistan, including Gold, silver, copper, lithium, titanium, lead, tin, manganese and vast amounts of rare earths metals like Niobium. Theres at least 1.8 billion tons of iron ore. They didnt stumble on this by chance, they used data collected by the Russians in the 1980's. So that was the plan all along. Iraq was oil and Afghanistan was rare earths and noble metals. All becomes clear. Bet Bush didnt mention the minerals when Blair was licking his boots and grovelling to join in the war.