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She Escaped Before the Last U.S. Flight From Kabul—Her Sister Didn’t

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The last U.S. plane has departed Kabul, leaving in its wake a country ravaged by terror, bloodshed, and heartache. With evacuations at a standstill, the Taliban in full control of the country, and ISIS emerging from the shadows, two female Afghan journalists—sisters who both earned their spots on the Taliban’s kill lists—never imagined a reality where they would be torn apart, landing worlds away from each other.

The elder sister, who The Daily Beast will call Nadia, was able to secure a one-way ticket to the Netherlands through her connection with a British family last week. Begrudgingly, the 27-year-old left her mother and her younger sister, who we’ll refer to as Meena, behind in Kabul at her mother’s urging last week. Nadia now resides at a military base until her final destination is determined.

Meena told The Daily Beast she didn’t believe the U.S. would actually leave Afghanistan until the last plane took off on Monday. “I knew the United States was withdrawing its forces, but I believed it may have kept some of them behind to help Afghanistan's security,” she said. The young woman explained that she was writing in her diary when she first learned about the troops leaving. “It was about 11:15 pm when I heard the faint sound of bullets,” she said. Later, she’d........

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