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Bowling Alley's 12 Lanes Lead To Another Afghanistan

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In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, photo, Meena Rahmani, 26, owner of The Strikers, the country's first bowling center, holds a bowling ball in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) | AP

KABUL, Afghanistan — Behind the black door in downtown Kabul is a place unlike any other in this city, even in the whole country.

It is an entertainment setting without alcohol — guards inside the half-ton fortified steel door turn away anyone with a trace of it on their breath. Patrons have to surrender even their cigarettes, which are put for safekeeping in lockers, along with the usual array of weaponry carried by some Afghan visitors.

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