Kabul Oct.2002
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Dar-ul-Aman Palace in Kabul

All the areas around this palace were also destroyed. I saw no one around the palace except for this horse, a few soldiers, and some children begging. People are still scared of returning. Taxis refuse to pick people up from here after 5:00 in the evening.

According to The New York Times, Dec 8, 2002:

"Anyone wanting a glimpse of what a lawless Afghanistan might look like need only take a drive along Dar-ul-Aman. Nearly 80 years ago, Robert Byron, the writer, described the avenue with its rows of tall, white-stemmed poplars as one of the most beautiful in the world. In the early 1990's, fighting among many of the factions now represented in Mr. Karzai's government left the road in ruins. Today, there's not a tree in sight."

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