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Representative Brian Mast told Granthshala News that the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan’s natural resources leaves a “treasure chest” for US adversaries that could put the US in a “very bad place”.

“As a lot of friends fighting in Afghanistan, left limbs in Afghanistan and unfortunately in Afghanistan, I can tell you that we have many reasons to fight,” said the Florida Republican. “And there are many reasons we didn’t fight.”

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“One of the reasons we didn’t fight is to leave the treasury for our adversaries like China and others,” he continued.

According to an article posted by the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC in 2012, Afghanistan sits on up to $3 trillion in mineral wealth. Resources include rare semi-precious gems, copper, iron, gold, uranium and lithium, which are essential for alternative energy sources.

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Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee hosted a forum Friday to examine “the myriad geopolitical implications of Taliban control of surveyed vital minerals at the expense of American taxpayers.”

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Mast told Granthshala News that the forum focused specifically on “the hostage crisis that was going on, the intelligence gap that is there now and what is going to happen to the minerals and resources that exist in Afghanistan”.

The minerals and resources are “very likely to be mined by child slave labor” and “will be given to countries that we consider to be utterly hostile,” he said.

Mast described some of the implications.

“We just saw what happened with China’s testing of hypersonic weapons,” he said. “To make those types of weapons that travel at extremely high speeds, at high altitudes, to be able to withstand these kinds of temperatures, to carry those nuclear payloads and so on, many rare earth minerals are needed. it occurs.”

it was recently informed of China successfully test-fired two hypersonic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. China denied the report, saying it was a “routine spacecraft experiment”.

Mast continued, “If China has the advantage of acquiring them because they are friends with the Taliban, that puts the United States in a very bad place.”

Mast also highlighted the Taliban’s incentive to sell rare earth metals.

“Whatever extra dollars the Taliban get, it’s a terrorist government that has more dollars to go there and conduct terrorism,” Mast said.