An article from OCCRP on 28 April said that, 2019 SOS International (SOSi), a Virginia company with links to the US military, won exclusive access to mines across Afghanistan; and President Ashraf Ghani’s brother is a major shareholder of a SOSi subsidiary. President Ghani granted this SOSi subsidiary, Southern Development, rights to buy artisan-mined ore, and Southern Development operates a mineral processing plant on the outskirts of Kabul. Despite being shut down after an inquiry, these projects have since been quietly restarted as a private venture, and are benefitting those closest to the President.
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