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US Marine veteran helps Afghan women’s soccer team escape to Australia

The Afghan national women’s soccer team pose for a photo during a tournament in November 2019. Eighty-six players, officials and family members were evacuated from Afghanistan to Australia. (Facebook/Afghanistan Women’s National Soccer Team)

A Marine veteran joined forces with five other women worldwide to help pull off the escape of dozens of female soccer players from the Afghan national team to Australia, along with relatives and team staff.

“Never underestimate the power of six women with smartphones,” said Haley Carter, who was a goalkeeping coach for the Afghan women’s team after service in the Marine Corps had brought her to Iraq and Southeast Asia.

Carter is one of thousands of veterans helping Afghans fearful of the new Taliban regime flee the country.




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