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February 26, 2001: Taliban leader Mullah Omar issues an edict to destroy all pre-Islamic statues and shrines in Afghanistan.

Led by Mullah Omar, the Taliban evokes international outrage when it smashes ancient cultural icons, including two giant fifth-century Buddha statues in Bamiyan; one was the tallest standing Buddha in the world.

NPR A Report from Bamiyan /20020223.wesat.13.ram

NPR's Scott Simon reports on life in Bamiyan both before and after the destruction of the statues of Buddha by the Taliban.