Lead: At the crossroads of commerce and international conflict, near heart of central Asia, is Afghanistan. It is stark, rugged and beautiful, with untapped natural resources and a population, divided internally, but fiercely independent when facing outside invasion.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Afghanistan is mountainous, arid, and despite being landlocked, is surrounded and attached by borders to some of the most contentious and powerful nations in the world. It is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and is rich in undeveloped natural resources including coal, copper, iron, and recently discovered natural gas and oil deposits. It is primarily an agricultural country, with grazing, grains, and vegetables, and most importantly, much of the world’s supply of opium.

 

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