The U.S. military has had its eyes on Afghan mineral deposits for some time. A 2007 Pentagon memo that the New York Times quoted in a 2010 article says that Afghanistan could be the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.”
A return to air drops signals a possible deterioration of security for US troops operating in Afghanistan.
The US carried out its first combat airdrop in Afghanistan in more than two years last month, according to newly released US Air Force data. A return to airdrops signals a possible