Protecting Aghanistan's 'Lithium Route'

Spanish and Italian troops are helping protect construction efforts in northeast Afghanistan to enable to export of lithium.

Published: 02-Feb-2012

SPANISH troops in north-east Afghanistan are trying to agree with their Italian counterparts over joint protection of the ‘Lithium Route.’

More than 1,000 Spanish soldiers are assigned to protecting construction work from Qala-i-Nao in the south of Badghis province up to Mangan.

At this point Italian troops are supposed to take over as far as Bala Burghab in the north. What has become known as the Lithium Route will assist one of Afghanistan’s few important exports – apart from heroin – and is part-financed by Spain’s overseas aid agency, Aecid.

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