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  1. Back in 1960 the travel writer James Morris went to Afghanistan. He watched American and Soviet diplomats jockeying for influence, both convinced they could persuade the Afghans to support them in the Cold War. But, wrote Morris, the world the diplomats entered was a strange one

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  2. TERABYTES AFGHANISTAN I have just got my hands on something wonderful and precious. It is five computer drives containing the unedited rushes of everything shot by the BBC in Afghanistan over the last thirty years. It fills 18 terabytes of space.

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  3. On November the 4th last year Paula Loyd, a cultural anthroplogist attached to the US army, was interviewing an Afghan man in a small village in southern Afghanistan. As she asked him about fuel prices he suddenly poured petrol over her from a jug he was holding. He then set her alight.

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  4. THE WEIRD WORLD OF WAZIRISTAN There is a growing sense in the West that we no longer know what we are fighting for in Afghanistan. The question that is almost never asked is what they are fighting for? What do the Taliban want?

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  5. ILLUSTRIOUS CORPSES - PART ONE Afghanistan didn't just defeat the Soviet army. It reached out and corrupted and corroded the Soviet Union's faith in itself. Above all it destroyed what was left of the dream that communism was the future universal model for the world.

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  6. Blue Peter seems to have had rather an obsession with Afghanistan in the 1970s - not only did they take some Afghan hounds to see the King of Afghanistan when he came to visit the Queen of England, but in Christmas 1976 they found an Afghan hound that could sing.

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  7. PART SIX - THE WAR ON POP In November 1975 the first rock festival was held in Afghanistan. It was in the gymnasium of Kabul University. Everyone was very excited, especially as the headliners were one of Afghanistan's two prog-rock bands - The Stars.

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  8. PART FIVE - INTERCONTINENTAL The King of Afghanistan was called Mohammed Zahir Shah. He believed in modernity. His family had ruled the country for over 150 years and he was driven everywhere in a black chevrolet.

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  9. The more you dig into the history of the West's relationship to Afghanistan, the more complicated it gets. In 1978 a group of Afghan marxists overthrew the royal family. They set out to turn Afghanistan into a modern socialist utopia but it quickly descended into bloody horror.

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  10. PART THREE - THE LOST HISTORY OF HELMAND When you look at footage of the fighting in Helmand today everyone assumes it is being played out against an ancient background of villages and fields built over the centuries. This is not true.

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