Afghanistan profile: In picturesPublished28 January 2011SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage captionAfghanistan is home to many different ethnic groupsimage captionThe Hindu-Kush mountain chain at sunrise, seen from Bagram, near the capital of Kabulimage captionDay labourers have their breakfast at a Kabul marketimage captionCustomers buy grapes from a Kabul street vendorimage captionBand-E-Amir in Bamiyan, central Afghanistan, was declared the country's first national park in April 2009. A series of six linked lakes are hidden in the Koh-e-Baba range. Band-E-Amir has been an Afghan tourist destination since the early 1950simage captionAfghans relax on a hillside in Kandaharimage captionMen from the minority Shia Muslim community mark the Day of Ashura by striking themselves with knives. The day is a national holiday in Afghanistanimage captionBuzkashi - 'goat grabbing' - is an Afghan national sport. Two teams of horsemen compete to throw a goat carcass into a scoring circleimage captionA farmer harvests wheat in the province of Bamiyan, which lies in a lush valley stretching for 100 kilometres on the former Silk Road linking China to Central Asiaimage captionThe giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, which stood for over 1500 years, were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001 in an 'Islamic' mission to destroy ancient statues. They were reduced to rubble over a period of about 3 weeks using dynamite, rockets and tank shellimage captionAfghanistan is littered with debris of war, including many Soviet vehicles left in the country following the 1989 withdrawal after nearly a decade of occupationimage captionBoys fly kites at sunset on a Kabul rooftop.