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    Afghanistan is the number one exporter of carpets, astrakhan, and died fruit.

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    Shots of warehouses. "Made in Afghanistan" labels on carpets.

    Astrakhan warehouse. Afghan assorting skins.

    Antiques warehouse.

    Interview with firm representative.

    TRANSCRIPT: Question to Mr. Nazar: - What items are you selling to Western Europe?

    Answer: - We are selling carpets, fur, dried fruit, seeds, and a variety of other goods.

    Question: - Do you see any possibility of increasing your exports to the West?

    Answer: - Yes, we do some.

    Question: - What is your Company's annual turnover?

    Answer: - We export yearly a 30 to 40 million dollars' worth of goods.

    Question: - Please, do you have any transportation difficulties with your exported items?

    Rows of parked trucks.

    TRANSCRIPT: Driver speaking: - I was on an export trip from Kabul to Shirkhan on 22nd May in a column of trucks when we were savagely attacked by armed bandits in the province of Baglan. In the fire that commenced, my co-driver was killed and my other two mates were wounded. Several goods-loaded trucks were burnt down.

    Debris of burnt and exploded trucks.

    String of trucks leaving parking area


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    Background: Afghanistan is the number one exporter of carpets, astrakhan, and died fruit. The annual sale of Afghan carpet abroad totals 600 thousand square metres, with the bigger piece of the parcel going to Western Europe.

    The "Akhmurad Company Ltd" effects on a private basis over one fourth of the gross volume of exports.

    The company supplies Afghan astrakhan - considered the best in the world for ages - to the biggest fur consumers in the Federal Republic of Germany, Sweden Holland, and other countries.

    Antiques from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and medieval emirates of Central Asia are in great demand.

    Mr. Kurban Hazar is representing the Company in Kabul.

    The answer to this question was to be found in a parking area of the Afghan-Soviet transport enterprise.

    Here is driver Gulyam Sakhi speaking.

    Regrettably, what Gulyam Sakhi has said is not just a single instance. Armed abroad and trained cut-throats have systematically been raiding peaceful trade missions like that in their futile attempt to cut Afghanistan short of the outside world.

    The sooner the undeclared war against Afghanistan is terminated, the more "Made in Afghanistan" - labelled items the world will receive.

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