2012-09-11 — nytimes.com
Powerful regional warlords and militant leaders are jockeying to widen their turf to include areas with mineral wealth, and the Taliban have begun to make murderous incursions into territory where development is planned. In the capital, Kabul, factional maneuvering is in full swing, including disputes over lucrative side contracts awarded to relatives of President Hamid Karzai.
Mr. Shahrani is concerned about striking the right balance between generating revenue for the Afghan government and drawing in international investors, saying that getting contracts wrong would jeopardize critical development timelines.
"This is all about the credibility of the country," he said.
There are other concerns, too. Some officials are worried about a swath of small mines -- for gemstones, marble, chromite and other resources -- that are out of the state's control and might be fueling the insurgency.
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