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In this photograph taken on March 2 Band-e Amir lake is pictured on... News PhotoAfghanistan,Bamiyan,City,Horizontal,Human Interest,Illustration,Illustration Technique,Lake,Photograph,River,Snow,WinterPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPIn this photograph taken on March 2, 2013, Band-e Amir lake is pictured on the outskirts of Bamiyan city. Bamiyan, some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Kabul, stands in a deep green and lush valley stretching 100 kilometres through central Afghanistan, on the former Silk Road that once linked China with Central Asia and beyond. The town was home to two nearly 2,000-year-old Buddha statues before they were destroyed by the Taliban, months before their regime was toppled in a US-led invasion in late 2001. AFP PHOTO / Massoud HOSSAINI (Photo credit should read MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)