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Meet The Bruce Lee Lookalike Trying To Bring Hope To Afghanistan

“The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war. I am happy that my story is a positive one.”

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Abbas Alizada wants to prove there's another side to Afghanistan to the war-torn image projected around the world.

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The 20-year-old is hoping to achieve this through his kung fu skills, and his rather remarkable likeness to martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Alizada caught the eye of the world's media after videos of his skills went viral in his native Afghanistan.He said he enjoys being referred to as the Afghan Bruce Lee and hopes his new online fame can help paint a different picture of his country.
Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Alizada caught the eye of the world's media after videos of his skills went viral in his native Afghanistan.

He said he enjoys being referred to as the Afghan Bruce Lee and hopes his new online fame can help paint a different picture of his country.

"I want to be a champion in my country and a Hollywood star," he told Reuters.

"The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war ... I am happy that my story is a positive one."
Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

"The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war ... I am happy that my story is a positive one."

Reuters reported that Alizada's father (pictured below) and mother had been unable to pay for him to attend a martial arts academy but a local trainer had agreed to take him on.

Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Here he is training at a media event in Kabul.

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And here he is at the destroyed Darul Aman Palace posing for pictures.

Alizada trains at the palace twice a week.
Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Alizada trains at the palace twice a week.

Commenting on the ruins, Alizada revealed: "The destruction here makes me sad, but it also inspires me."

Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Reuters said that during the photo shoot the 20-year-old refused to be filmed in a room which contained graffiti declaring "death to Americans".

Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Alizada has a keen online following, with over 14,000 fans on his Facebook page.

And over 50,000 followers on Twitter.
Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

And over 50,000 followers on Twitter.

Having achieved fame in Afghanistan, his story is now spreading across the world.

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Al Jazeera recently went there to film him.

He says in the clip: "Afghanistan has so much hidden talent, Afghanistan needs me to be a hero because Afghanistan is a vulnerable country that has suffered war.”

"I want the war to end, I want happiness for my country. I want us to be proud of our talents, Afghanistan is not the place for war, Afghanistan is the place for peace and brotherhood."Alizada says he wants to become a symbol of hope for his country.
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"I want the war to end, I want happiness for my country. I want us to be proud of our talents, Afghanistan is not the place for war, Afghanistan is the place for peace and brotherhood."

Alizada says he wants to become a symbol of hope for his country.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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