US Department of Defense Photo: Sgt. Sean Finch
Afghan officials and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony for Band-e Amir lakes in Bamyan province on June 18. The five lakes were recognized as Afghanistan’s first national park during the ceremony and it’s hope they will help increase tourism in the region.
At the time of writing this column, I had just concluded the second of two back-to-back research trips into Afghanistan.