The Afghan ‘mineral strike’ is just spin

John C. Hulsman and Jaakko Kooroshy explain that what looks like good news in Afghanistan is in fact just part of a propaganda war between Obama and Petraeus

This week, just as things were looking at their bleakest in Afghanistan — growing casualties and the damning report on the links between Taleban leaders and the Pakistani secret service — the Pentagon pulled a rare piece of good news out of the hat: Afghanistan, it turns out, is not only a poppy-growing paradise but also a mining El Dorado.

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