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March 12, 2013 1:40 PM

Afghanistan moves to salvage ancient Buddhist city – and its economy

It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in the country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about to be obliterated by what promised to be one of the largest copper mines in the world. Now, however, thanks to delays in construction of the mine and a hefty influx of cash from the World Bank, the Mes Aynak complex is an archaeological triumph – though bittersweet.

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