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Treasures from the ravages of war

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When you say Afghanistan these days - it immediately conjures up images of war and social repression.

But an exhibition in London shows off a culture rich in artistic treasures dating back some four thousand years.

It details a story which exhibition organisers say is the triumph of culture and beauty over vandalism and bigotry.

Afghanistan - Crossroads of the Ancient World - is at the British Museum.

Taher Qadiry from BBC Persian Television, who was brought up in Afghanistan, gives us his personal view of his country's treasures.

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