Scenes from Afghanistan...

For over ten years, resistance groups in Afghanistan fought off invaders from Soviet Russia. The freedom fighters, or mujahideen, eventually drove the Russians out with the assistance of American weaponry such as Stinger missiles.

The celebration of victory was short-lived, however, as the country fell into a civil war between rival mujahideen factions vying for control of the interim government. This civil war has laid waste to the country on a scale that far outweighs that of the conflict with Russia. This scene is sadly typical of the capital city of Kabul.

Despite the devastation of war, Afghanistan remains a breathtaking country. Depicted here is the Band-e-Amir, a series of lakes high in the Afghan mountains at an altitude of over 10,000 feet.