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Afghan youth orchestra begins first US tour

First orchestra since fall of Taliban makes musical debut as it's welcomed by John Kerry.
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2013 02:52

Afghanistan's first orchestra since the fall of the Taliban has embarked on a three-city tour of the United States.

Students from the National Institute of Music began their tour of the US east coast at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, where they were welcomed by John Kerry, the newly-appointed secretary of state.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports from Washington.

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