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FEATURING ‘HEELA’ – The Pentagon recently disclosed that the actual number of US troops in Afghanistan was 11,000, significantly higher than was previously acknowledged. The announcement came just days after President Donald Trump announced an open-ended escalation of the nearly 16 year-old war – a war that he had previously criticized vocally.

But even before his announcement US air strikes had escalated, putting 2017 on par to becoming one of the bloodiest years since the war began in October 2001.

Afghan civilians are caught between US-backed corrupt warlords in government, US troops on the ground and air strikes from above, Taliban forces, and now an emerging Islamic State presence.

DISCLOSURES: To protect her identity Heela is using a pseudonym and we have obscured her face. In the interest of full disclosure, Sonali works closely with RAWA through a US-based non-profit group.

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Heela, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). RAWA is an underground organization and is the oldest women’s political group in Afghanistan.

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