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Afghan Government Replaces Old Currency

The Afghan government burns and shreds its national currency, replacing it with a newly minted version. The destruction of the old currency is part of an effort to regain control of the economy, after decades of anarchy and civil war. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.