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Inside look into AFGHANISTAN: Of bullets and beauty

Last updated on: March 29, 2012 10:34 IST

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After decades of civil war and military attacks, Afghanistan today has become synonymous with brutal force and bloodshed.

 

The country's haunting landscape -- sweeping terrains, towering mountains and barren meadows -- has remained a tragic background for this cycle of violence.

 

Take a look at these photographs that were taken in some of the remotest, most  dangerous and yet most captivating places in the strife-torn nation.

A bullet hole is seen in a window of a building where the office of private armoured car company Tiger International is located, after a raid on the office by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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Afghan residents walk on a snow covered field near Bagram highway in Afghanistan on February 29.

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Photographs: Erik De Castro/Reuters

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Afghan women clad in burqas walk past a tree in Bagram, north of Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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An Afghan police officer prays as he waits near the area where the bodies of two Germans were found in Salang, north of Kabul.

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Photographs: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

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Afghan men play football in front of the old palace in Kabul.

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Photographs: Omar Sobhani/Reuters
Tags: , Kabul , AFGHANISTAN

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An United States Army Chinook helicopter takes off from Observation Post Mace in Naray district, Kunar province, near the border with Pakistan.

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Photographs: Nikola Solic/Reuters

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An Afghan boy holds his face as he throws himself backwards to a stream of water in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
Tags: , Kabul , AFGHANISTAN

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A door made from metal is seen on a compound at the village of Kunkak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

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An Afghan boy plays on a swing during a gathering to celebrate the Afghan New Year in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
Tags: , Kabul , AFGHANISTAN

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A boy climbs down a berry tree at a cemetery in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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Afghan policemen train at a live firing range in the central province of Bamiyan.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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A woman wearing a burqa stands in front of the Hazrat Ali, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif.

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Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters

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US Army soldiers sit behind a wall as others search for explosives after an IED blast damaged one of their vehicles in Logar province.

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Photographs: Umit Bektas/Reuters

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Afghan youths play at a cemetery in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
Tags: , Kabul , AFGHANISTAN

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A truck carrying villagers drives past on a road as seen from a bunker of U.S. soldiers from Task Force 'No Fear' 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2-27 Infantry in Outpost Bari Alai in Kunar, Afghanistan.

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Photographs: Erik De Castro/Reuters

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Afghans remove a carpet after burial ceremony of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former Afghan president and head of the government's peace council on Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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An aerial view of houses near a US military base in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan.

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Photographs: Erik De Castro/Reuters

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Afghan children play on frozen water on the outskirts of Kabul.

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Photographs: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
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A donkey transports ballot boxes to villages unreachable by vehicles in Panjshir province, north of Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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The landscape of Panjwa'i district, southwest of Kandahar City, is seen during sunset from Canadian Army Camp Sperwan Ghar.

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Photographs: Nikola Solic/Reuters

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A village near the US military's Forward Operating Base Connolly is seen below a snowcapped mountain range in Nangarhar province.

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Photographs: Erik De Castro/Reuters

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Soldiers of the German ISAF troops survey the terrain during a patrol securing the surrounding of Camp Marmal near Mazar-e Sharif.

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Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters

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A man walks with his goats outside Kabul.

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Photographs: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
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An aerial view of a part of Kandahar City, as seen from a US military helicopter.

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Photographs: Erik de Castro/Reuters

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A US army helicopter crewman takes a picture with his cellphone of a Blackhawk helicopter carrying then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates between his visits to Forward Operating Bases.

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Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters

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A woman walks along a road in Kabul.

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Photographs: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
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US Sergeant Taylor Hollingsworth of the 2nd Platoon C Company 9th Engineer Battalion COP Dash Towp rests during a patrol as part of their overall security and disruption insurgency mission in Wardak province, eastern Afghanistan.

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Photographs: Umit Bektas/Reuters

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An Afghan man works on bricks in Kabul.

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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Birds fly over as the sun sets in Kabul.

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Photographs: Marko Djurica/Reuters
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A large field of poppies grows on the outskirts of Jelawar village in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar.


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