Afghanistan’s unreachable US$1 trillion mineral bounty

A green-future wealth that could stabilise Afghanistan for decades lies trapped by the country’s past.

Composite image of Taliban spokesperson next to lithium element
Foreground: Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman for nearly 2 decades who worked in the shadows, makes his first-ever public appearance Background: Lithium abstract concept image: Credit: Marcus Yam / Olemedia / Getty