New York Times, April 19, 2002. Paul Bucherer, a Swiss authority on Afghan
art, said a special Al-Qaeda squad methodically smashed a storeroom full of
ancient Buddhist and Gandharan statuary originally from Kabul's National Museum
shortly before the Buddhas were blown up in March 2001. He said the Al-Qaeda
squad of non-Afghans expertly carried out the destruction after local Taliban
leaders refused to participate. Letters Western journalists found in Kabul after
the Taliban fell described how Osama and top aides had convinced Mullah Omar to
destroy the Buddhas.
Oldest romance writer in the world dies aged 105. Books #124 and #125 to be published next year(Dec 10 2013) Ida Pollock, author of more than 120 books, and believed to be the world's oldest romantic novelist, has died at the age of 105.