An Afghan dilemma: Cash-strapped nation risks ruining Buddhist heritage in quest for copper

February 6, 2015 7:15 AM

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An Afghan dilemma: Cash-strapped nation risks ruining Buddhist heritage in quest for copper

In this Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 photo, Abdul Qadir Timor, director of archaeology at the Ministry of Information and Culture, left, looks at the view of Mes Aynak valley, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan. The hills overlooking this ancient trade-route city, where the buried treasures of Afghanistan’s Buddhist history hide beneath sandy soil, are so rich in copper that they gleam green in the morning sun. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (The Associated Press)

In this Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 photo, an Afghan Archaeologist cleans around Buddha statues inside a cave in Mes Aynak valley, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan. The hills overlooking this ancient trade-route city, where the buried treasures of Afghanistan’s Buddhist histor...

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