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Afghani Restoration Lags; Looting Proceeds Apace

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Science  04 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5629, pp. 25
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5629.25

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The plight of Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage has been overshadowed by the extensive news coverage of Iraqi antiquities. But the situation there is no less dire. More than 18 months after a coalition of Afghan and U.S. forces deposed the Taliban regime, the country's ancient sites are being looted at an alarming rate and its premier museum remains roofless.