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‘Last Chance to Leave’: The Fight to Get One Woman Out of Afghanistan

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The last week has been a waking nightmare in Afghanistan since the terror-driven Taliban regime took control of the war torn country.

During that time, a flood of reports from female Afghan journalists began to emerge, in which they detailed their experiences watching their freedom disappear overnight and relinquished to Taliban militants and newly imposed Sharia law.

Over the past 48 hours, media organizations and journalists around the world, myself included, have essentially traded in their roles to act as international assistants of sorts, trying to help Afghan journalists escape the country. My own efforts have been focused on helping a twenty-year-old female Afghan reporter, who is on the Taliban “kill list,” escape before the looming August 31 deadline approaches. As she waits in a safe house in Kabul, a 30-minute walk to the airport, I have contacted every lead possible to get her on a flight out.

“I heard that today is the last chance to leave… This savage group will do anything to harass us and delay our departure,” the hopeful young journalist said on Thursday. “I know if we can leave that all our worries will end. Although it is difficult, we will endure and wait for what will happen. Inshallah.”

U.S. Army Major Matt Zeller, a former CIA analyst and Afghanistan war veteran who founded No One Left Behind, is actively helping to facilitate evacuations. I was able to reach Matt through a military contact of mine, and he has........

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