Representative Brian Mast told Fox News that the Taliban’s control over Afghanistan’s natural resources left a “treasure chest” for American adversaries who could put the United States in “a very bad position”.
“As someone who fought in Afghanistan, left members in Afghanistan and unfortunately many friends in Afghanistan, I can tell you that there are many reasons why we fought,” said the Republican of Florida. “And there are a lot of reasons we didn’t fight. “
“One of the reasons we didn’t fight is to leave a treasure chest for our adversaries like China and others,” he continued.
Afghanistan has up to $ 3 trillion in mineral wealth, according to an article from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, published in 2012. Resources include rare semi-precious gems, copper, iron , gold, uranium and lithium, which is essential for alternative energy sources.
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Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee held a forum Friday to examine “the myriad geopolitical implications of Taliban control over critical minerals being investigated at the expense of US taxpayers.”
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Mast told Fox News that the forum specifically focused on “the hostage crisis that unfolded, the intelligence gaps that now exist there and what’s going to happen with the minerals and resources. who are in Afghanistan ”.
The minerals and resources “will most likely be mined through the labor of child slaves” and will be “distributed to countries that we absolutely regard as adversaries,” he added.
Mast described some implications.
“We just saw what happened with China’s testing of hypersonic weapons,” he said. “In order to make these kinds of weapons that move at extremely high speeds, at high altitudes, carrying these nuclear and other charges, you need a number of rare earth minerals to be able to withstand those kinds of temperatures. “
It was recently reported that China has successfully tested two hypersonic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. China denied the report, saying it was a “routine experiment with a spaceship.”
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“If China has the advantage of getting them because they are buddy-buddies with the Taliban, that puts the United States of America in a very bad position,” Mast continued.
Mast also pointed to the Taliban’s incitement to sell rare earth metals.
“Any extra dollar the Taliban gets is a terrorist government that has more dollars to go out there and carry out terrorism,” Mast said.