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Did the Times get played on Afghan mineral story?

Was The New York Times' story on minerals riches the result of Pentagon PR?

The New York Times' lead story Monday about "nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan" was the kind of journalism that seemed at first glance to be a game changer. Was the Times played by the U.S. military to see the value of the mineral deposits when Washington appears to be increasingly concerned about the public losing confidence in the war?

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