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    How much does it cost to fight against each Al Qaida?

    How much does it cost to fight against each Al Qaida?

    New Estimate of Strength of Al Qaeda Is Offered

    By DAVID E. SANGER and MARK MAZZETTI
    Published: June 30, 2010

    ASPEN, Colo. — Michael E. Leiter, one of the country’s top counterterrorism officials, said Wednesday that American intelligence officials now estimated that there were somewhat “more than 300” Qaeda leaders and fighters hiding in Pakistan’s tribal areas, a rare public assessment of the strength of the terrorist group that is the central target of President Obama’s war strategy.

    Taken together with the recent estimate by the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, that there are about 50 to 100 Qaeda operatives now in Afghanistan, American intelligence agencies believe that there are most likely fewer than 500 members of the group in a region where the United States has poured nearly 100,000 troops.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/wo...aeda.html?_r=1

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    Re: How much does it cost to fight against each Al Qaida?

    Ummm...

    You should know that Al Qaeda isn't the only reason we have troops in Afghanistan.
    TANSTAAFL

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    Re: How much does it cost to fight against each Al Qaida?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Ummm...

    You should know that Al Qaeda isn't the only reason we have troops in Afghanistan.
    What is the other reason? World class gold mine?

    September 30, 2011 5:41 AM EDT

    USGS Finds 'World-Class' Gold, Iron Deposits in Afghanistan
    By Shailesh Shrivastava
    The study found major gold deposits in southeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan area with the capacity of as much as 958 kilograms. Apart from gold, the area also has silver, copper and uranium as minor or possible commodities.

    In 2002, the USGS compiled a digital inventory of more than 1,079 mines and mineral occurrences in Afghanistan, of which 112 were gold-related.

    Deposits of iron will be the second biggest mineral deposit to contribute to transforming the nation's economy. According to the study, the Hajigak area contains 1.7 billion tons of iron and iron ore.

    A study in 1960s demonstrated the mineral potential of the region, and estimated, at that time, the Hajigak resource as having a concentration of approximately 62 percent iron, classifying it as "truly significant" on a global scale.

    Among many minerals, Afghanistan also has vast deposits of celestite containing about 1 million tons. Deposits in the Kunduz area are believed to have 76.9 percent concentration of celestite.
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