Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

In 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan dynamited two of three giant Bamiyan Valley Buddhas in Afghanistan. Since then, the Buddha remnants at Bamiyan (also spelled Bamyan and Bamian) were included on the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites by the World Monuments Fund. Many well-meaning organizations have taken an interest in the restoration of the monuments. Others, both inside and outside of Afghanistan, argue that to do so would be a double blasphemy, since any recreation would only “Disneyfy” the area and erase the evidence of distruction, which is now part of Afghanistan’s history. (more…)

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4,000 US troops killed in Iraq.

488 US troops killed in Afghanistan.

Almost 29,320 US troops injured in Iraq.

Between 82,349 and 89,867 documented Iraqi civilian deaths.

2 million Iraqi refugees in Turkey, Iran and Syria.

At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records.

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