The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
This strikes me as a game changer. If nothing else, it at least means that at some point, Afghanistan will have income. This means (hopefully) that it won't be dependent on foreign aid for the rest of time. I'll wait to read more about this before trying to say more, but right now it seems like a positive sign in a war that could desperately use one.