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Astonishing pictures of Afghanistan from before its decades of war

On October 7, the US marked 15 years of military activity in Afghanistan. And despite over a decades worth of US and NATO military assistance, the country remains deeply troubled with a resurgent Taliban, a highly suspect military, and an economy where the opium industry remains the largest single employer. But before the US invasion, before the Russian war, and before the country's Marxist experiment, Afghanistan used to be a far different place.
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