Kyrgyzstan mountainsAfghanistan said on Sunday it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, after a survey conducted by Afghan and international geologists.

Vast tracts of mineral deposits also have been discovered recently. Afghanistan hopes that untapped mineral deposits valued at $3 trillion could help reduce the need to rely on Western cash for bankrolling its impoverished economy and for its soldiers to maintain security when foreign troops draw down numbers.

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