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Afghanistan has a long history of combat and strife, including both internal conflicts and invasions. Aryans, Greeks, Mongols, Persians, Muslim Arabs, Turks, the British, and the Soviet Union all passed through this land thirsting for conquest. Combat operations in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, a response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, ended in late 2014. But more than a year later, violence continued to flare among multiple groups vying for power. This state of affairs holds a draw for those who seek a certain kind of adventure, one the travel and tourism enterprise has defined as a form of extreme tourism—or war tourism. These adventurists, however, make up a very small portion of tourists visiting the country. The much larger majority can ...

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