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Qargha Lake offers respite in war-torn Afghanistan

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Afghan families take a joy ride at the Qargha Lake in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 9, 2012.

Daniel Berehulak,  Getty Images — Qargha Lake, located about 5 miles outside of Kabul, is a popular destination for swimming and boating. The Spojmai Hotel located on the banks of Lake Qargha was attacked by the Taliban in June of 2012.

An Afghan boy chases his friend riding a horse at the Qargha Lake in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 9.

Afghan children buy candy floss from a street vendor at Qargha Lake in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 9.

An Afghan couple rides a paddle boat at Qargha Lake in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 9.

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More than ten years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.

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