ARCHIVE I - Afghanistan (2/140)

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Members of the Afghan National Army walk around the rubble of the Darul Aman Palace on the outskirts of Kabul. ..The Palace was built in the early 1920s as a part of the endeavours by King Amanullah Khan to modernize Afghanistan. Intended as the seat for a future parliament outside of Kabul, the building was unused for many years after religious conservatives forced Amanullah from power and halted his reforms. It was first gutted by fire in 1969. It was restored to house the Defence Ministry during the 1970s and 1980s. During the Communist coup of 1978, the building was set on fire. It was damaged again as rival Mujahideen factions fought for control of Kabul during the early 1990s. Heavy shelling by the Mujahideen after the end of the Soviet invasion left the building a gutted ruin...
Members of the Afghan National Army walk around the rubble of the Darul Aman Palace on the outskirts of Kabul. ..The Palace was built in the early 1920s as a part of the endeavours by King Amanullah Khan to modernize Afghanistan. Intended as the seat for a future parliament outside of Kabul, the building was unused for many years after religious conservatives forced Amanullah from power and halted his reforms. It was first gutted by fire in 1969. It was restored to house the Defence Ministry...
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