The Last Testament of Chris Hondros

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Kabul, Afghanistan, October 21st, 2010

An Afghan girl stands in the ruins of Darul Aman Palace. A group of Afghan Kuchi tribal nomads had settled into the palace several months earlier, under the protection of Afghan paramilitary police that used the ruins as a makeshift patrol base, after the nomads were driven from a nearby area in Kabul during a bout of ethnic riots that summer. The massive palace was built in the early 1920s as part of a modernizing push by Afghanistan's ruler at the time, but religious conservatives stymied the effort and the grandiose palace fell into disuse and later was shelled into ruins by warlords during the Afghan civil war of the early 1990s.

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