In Afghanistan, the Taliban blow up the Buddhas of Bamiyan, two 6th century Buddhist statues in the cliffs above Bamian, despite an international outcry which included complaints from various Muslim nations.
The bodies of the statues were cut right out of the mountain, but the details and facial features were created with straw and mud so had worn away long ago.
Taliban leaders have been trying to destroy the statues since 1997, but local opposition made it difficult. Even though nearly everyone in Afghanistan is Muslim, many embrace and honor their nation's cultural past - including the Buddhist past.
As the Taliban became more extremist, though, so did their power because they simply eliminated anyone who disagreed with them. Compromise has ceased to be something they value.