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Afghanistan Now Open for Tourism?!

I had to do a double take when I read this week that the Afghanistan Ministry of Tourism announced the official revival of the country's tourism industry:

The government of Afghanistan is going to revive the lucrative tourism industry in the war-torn country, Director of Tourism Department Syed Zamanudin Baha said on Tuesday…

Revive the tourism industry?Now?With U.S. troops battling the Taliban, and civil unrest all over the place?Though, I must admit my curiosity was piqued by their refurbishment plans:

“Rebuilding a couple giant Buddhas is also on the agenda of the government to attract more tourists in the country…” (Taliban militants dynamited the Bamiyan province statues in March 2001.)

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