Welcome to Kabul: Panoramic postcards from the war-torn city circled by mountains (and some of them make you want to visit)
21:11 GMT, 12 December 2012
Kabul, the war-torn capital of Afghanistan, is not a city for the faint-hearted, and few tourists venture there.
Years of war since it was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1979 to the present day have ravaged the city's sprawling neighbourhoods that are now home to 3.2 million people.
But as these spectacular picture postcard snaps show, the world's fifth fastest growing metropolis, which stands wedged between the Hindu Kush mountains and the Kabul River, is still as stunning as ever.
The panoramic shots were created by photographer Daniel Berehulak using an app on his iPhone. The 645 Pro app bills itself as software that will turn an iPhone into a handheld DSLR.
Each picture records a moment in time as the city gets back on its feet. They include scenes of war and military operations in what is still one of the most dangerous cities in the world, spectacular landscapes and everyday moments of tranquility.
Do they make you want to go there
Promenade: Boys take a walk at sunset on a platform where many come to view Kabul in the evening
Spectator sport: A group of men watch Kowk Jangi (partridge fighting) in a Kabul park. The Kowk is a fighting partridge, prized by their owners who lavish great care on them, and keep them in domed wicker cages. The owners fight the partridges on Friday mornings in short bouts, as they are too valuable to allow them to be seriously harmed. The final winner is declared by referees if the other Kowk keeps on retreating, when the owner admits defeat, or when the bird dies, which happens rarely
Mountains in the mist: A view out across Kabul, a city characterised by concrete architecture and ringed by hills. In winter, the weather is bitterly cold
Rehab: Amputees walk on their new prosthetic legs with the help of a handrail in the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul
Playing dead: Afghan National Army cadets dressed as Taliban take part in a capture exercise overseen by French and Canadian soldiers, at the Kabul Military Training Centre
Ready for action: Soldiers in the Afghan National Army frequently receive threats from the Taliban who target the troops themselves and also their families
Desolate: Cadets from the Afghan National Army on a training mission. The ANA with approximately 195,000 soldiers is experiencing difficult times, as about a third of the Afghan army is lost each year to desertion and low re-enlistment rates
Leftovers from past wars: A Russian MIG fighter jet is displayed at an intersection near the airport
Perspective: The air in Kabul is relatively fresh compared to the dusty plains below and this park offers an opportunity to walk and reflect
Manouevres: Army cadets march at the Kabul Military Training Centre. They have 16 to 24 weeks of training to prepare for active service
Moment of tranquility: A man prays on a park bench above the bustle of the city
Silhouette against the sky: An Afghan National Army cadet takes cover on the edge of a hill as he prepares to offer cover with his M-40 machine gun armed with blanks
Serious business: Men at a partridge fight where betting on the rival birds is a key part of the entertainment
State of alert: Blast barriers by a roadside in Kabul. The war-torn country is still ready for terror attacks at any moments
Fighting force: The army is increasingly taking over from foreign troops with the hope that they will bring greater stability to the country
Atmospheric: A man pauses by a swimming pool as the sun goes down behind the mountains
Show of strength: The owners of the partridges stand poised ready to recapture them after the fight in Kabul
Guard post: The exterior of the Kabul Military Training Center which is eight miles outside the city centre
In disguise: Some of the soldiers had dressed up as Taliban to take part in the exercise
Everyday life: Children play in a cemetery at sunset in a sign that normal life continues on the sidelines of Kabul
A mastiff rolls around in the dirt during the weekly dog fights in Kabul: Dogfighting was banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic
Smoke screen: Soldiers from the national army crouch down on the stony ground as they carry out an exercise
Tradition: Dogfighting is hugely popular in the city and provides entertainment for thousands of people every week
Recovery: M. Jawad, 21, (left) an Afghan National Police officer who lost his leg after stepping on an IED while on patrol a year ago, rests while practicing walking on his prosthetic leg at the International Committee of the Red Cross
War games: An Afghan National Army cadet secures the perimetre during a Taliban capture military exercise, overseen by French and Canadian soldiers
Vicious: One dog grabs the other by the throat as spectators cheer them on