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Biden's plan is not to withdraw from Afghanistan but to full privatise the US military presence there, to keep up the illusion of withdrawing without losing influence in the region. Biden has aimed to withdraw the 2,500 official US troops and the additional 6,000 NATO troops, but as of January 2021 over 18,000 private military contractors remain in Afghanistan according to a Defense Department report, including US Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence operatives. One of these companies that profited from this arrangement is DynCorp International, which received 69 percent of all State Department funding between 2002 and 2013, adding up to over $7 billion in government contracts by 2019. These contracts are unlikely to change regardless of which way the political winds are blowing, especially baring in mind a leaked internal Pentagon memo referring to Afghanistan as the “Saudi Arabia of lithium” and the massive reserves of gold, iron, copper, cobalt and many other precious .