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Efforts on to evacuate girls’ soccer team from Afghanistan


Washington, September 2

They move from place to place at a moment’s notice in a desperate bid to evade the Taliban — girls whose lives are in danger simply because they chose to play a sport they loved.

Moving places to evade Taliban

The rescue efforts raise the visibility of these young women and importance of equality. — Julie Foudy, Former US women’s soccer team captain

An international effort to evacuate members of the Afghanistan national girls’ soccer team, along with their family members and soccer federation staff, suffered a crushing setback last week after a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed 169 Afghans and 13 US service members during a harrowing airlift. Frightened and desperate, the girls now worry whether a far-flung coalition of former US military and Intelligence officials, Congressmen, US allies, humanitarian groups and the captain of the Afghanistan women’s national team can get them and their loved ones to safety.

Most members of the Afghan women’s team, formed in 2007, were evacuated to Australia last week. But the girls aged 14-16 and

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