EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Rare Artifacts Return to Afghanistan

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Rare Artifacts Return to Afghanistan
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Most of the thousands of artifacts confiscated every year at Heathrow, the world's busiest airport, come from Afghanistan, according to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Department.

That may be just a fraction of the total smuggled out of the country annually.

More than 1,500 Afghan artifacts have been returned from the Heathrow collection. Among the youngest: a 100-year-old wooden pen case filled with letters written in Dari.

The letters have not yet been translated.

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