Pentagon announces $1 trillion commodity find

A major discovery of metals and rare-earth elements in Afghanistan could have a significant impact on the world's supplies of these commodities -- and a massive impact on that country's economy -- according to a report by the Pentagon.

However, the vast reserves could be more promise than reality for some time. The rugged local geology and the nation's tense political situation will make it difficult to extract the materials easily, quickly and cheaply.

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