Afghanistan's national girls soccer team escapes Taliban, flees to Pakistan

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Almost three dozen members of Afghanistan's female junior national soccer team have escaped to neighboring Pakistan over fears about what could happen to them under the new Taliban rule if they'd stayed.
Afghan women and advocates worldwide have feared for weeks that the Taliban would return to their suppressive ways and severely restrict activities for women. Photo by Hassan Majeed/UPI | License Photo

The Taliban took over the government in Kabul a month ago and the U.S. military completed its full withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 31. Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Andries/USMC/UPI | License Photo

Some Afghan women have participated in protests in Kabul opposing the Taliban restrictions, and many other female students and professionals have been fleeing the country. Photo by Bashir Darwish/ UPI | License Photo

Afghan women and advocates worldwide have feared for weeks that the Taliban would return to their suppressive ways and severely restrict activities for women. Earlier this month, one Taliban official said the new Afghan government would ban women from participating in sports. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

Members of the Afghan junior women's soccer team arrive Wednesday at the Pakistani Football Federation office in Lahore, Pakistan, after fleeing Taliban rule in…
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