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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
In pictures: Afghan Independence Day
Thousands of people in Afghanistan have been celebrating their country's independence day - the first since the fall of the Taleban. To mark 83 years since the end of British colonial rule, President Karzai paid homage to millions of Afghans who had died fighting foreign occupation.

Afghan man dances in the street ( Photo courtesy of AP)
The crowds made their way to Kabul's main football stadium in high spirits

Man carrying the Afghan flag ( photo courtesy of AP)
Many came to show their support for the new regime

Tanks parade in Kandahar
Kabul's military parade was cancelled due to security fears, although Kandahar's parade went ahead

Afghans dancing around guns
But guns were still an integral part of Kabul's celebrations

Hamid Karzai(l) and Zahir Shah (r)
In a show of solidarity, President Hamid Karzai appeared next to former King Zahir Shah

President Hamid Karzai releases a dove symbolising peace (photo courtesy of AP)
The president released a dove symbolising peace

Crowds hold a picture of Ahmad Shah Masood
Pictures were held up in tribute to the assassinated Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Masood

Policemen beat the crowds away(l), while some make a quick escape(r) ( Photos courtesy of AP)
So many people flocked to Kabul's stadium, the police were forced to turn many away

Little girl overlooks the parade in Kandahar ( Photo courtesy of AP)
But in Kandahar, the atmosphere was calmer, and those without a ticket found alternative vantage points


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