Women's National Soccer Team Flees Afghanistan

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Players, family members cross into Pakistan after 'commitment' from Americans
(Newser) – Afghanistan's national women's soccer team has joined the throngs of people, especially women, fleeing the country since the Taliban's takeover. The team reached neighboring Pakistan via a major border crossing in the city of Torkham and were received by a representative of the Pakistan Football Federation, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed Tuesday, per Reuters. Farasat Ali Shah, a PFF director, told Bloomberg that "there was a commitment which was given to them by the outgoing Americans" before their exit. He said the women were issued Pakistani visas by the embassy in Kabul.

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