Associated Press: A company founded by a London-based banker signed agreements Friday with the government of Afghanistan to explore for gold and copper in the north of the country. Centar Ltd. said it hopes to begin exploration in two sites next year and would within a year become one of the largest private-sector employers in the
Tolo News: Mohammad Rustam Raghi, governor of Badakhshan’s Raghistan district, said on Friday the Taliban is making three million AFs per month from the Raghistan Gold Mine and the money gets divided among 30 armed anti-government groups. “Taliban has divided Raghistan Gold Mine among 30 groups and every group earns 100,000 AFs per month. Taliban then
Tolo News: Badakhshan’s mining and petroleum department on Wednesday raised concerns over the illegal extraction of gold and lapis lazuli by insurgents in the province. Badakhshan’s mining director Mohammad Akbar Anwari, who raised the matter, said terrorists and groups of armed men have accelerated the extraction of gold from mines in Raghistan district and lapis in
Tolo News: Badakhshan local officials said Saturday that a gold mine in Raghistan district of Badakhshan has become a key source of income for the Taliban. Badakhshan provincial council warns that it will be impossible to clear the province of Taliban unless their revenue source is cut. Click here to read more (external link).