U.S. knew about Afghan mineral bonanza in 2007

Colonialism. The decades may change, but the intent doesn't

The serious question is did the knowledge of these massive mineral deposits affect President Obama’s decision to increase troop levels and widen the scale of operations in Afghanistan? Are Canada, the UK and other NATO countries aware of the USGS report?

Has securing this mineral bonanza become the real US/NATO mission in the region?

I’m guessing Russia and China might be a teeny bit interested in the mineral finds too.

And why did we just learn about this now?