Afghans commemorate destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas 20 years ago

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    The 2001 destruction of the two giant Buddhas in Afghanistan’s rugged central highlands is, by far, the most spectacular attack against the historical and cultural heritage of Afghanistan committed by the Taliban.

    But 20 years later, one of the country’s famed Buddha statues made a brief virtual return on March 9 as a three-dimensional projection onto the alcove where the statue stood for centuries.

    Many Afghans living in central Bamiyan province fear the Taliban are on the verge of returning to power after signing a landmark deal with the US.

    Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports From Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

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    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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