PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha

PHOTOS: Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha
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Afghan archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi hopes discoveries like this mask of a Buddhist divinity, dating back more than a thousand years, will help his country understand its common heritage and heal from three decades of war and instability. Tarzi went into exile in 1979, the same year Soviet forces invaded his country.

After the Soviets withdrew in 1989, Afghanistan descended into civil war. The Taliban ruled for five years, until U.S. and Afghan forces defeated them in 2001.
—Photograph courtesy Zemaryalai Tarzi
 
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