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Qala-i Jangi fortress, Afghanistan

Qala-i Jangi fortress, Afghanistan

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Qala-i Jangi fortress, Afghanistan. Satellite image showing the 18th Century fort of Qala-i Jangi, near the city of Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan. It is over 300 metres in diameter built with moats, ramparts, scarps and parapets. Its mud-brick walls are 10 metres high and 15 metres thick, topped with hundreds of firing ports. The fort has served various armies during its history. In November 2001 it was used as a prison by allied forces to detain Taleban and Al- Qaeda suspects. A riot at the fort ended with the deaths of all 400 prisoners. This image was taken by the Ikonos satellite on 9 July 2000.

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