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Female Pakistani Squash Player Carries on Dream in Spite of Taliban

Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a rising star in the sport of squash, grew up in rural Pakistan where her father, fearing retaliation for violating strict Pakistani tradition, “encouraged everyone to think she was his son,” reports the Toronto Star. After Toorpakai became more well-known, the Taliban reportedly threatened her if she’d continue playing because it considers women wearing shorts to be obscene.

Toorpakai, 21, decided it was time to leave Pakistan to continue pursuing her dreams, and she landed in Toronto in the spring to study and train with Canadian squash legend Jonathon Power. Power believes that Toorpakai has what it takes to be the best in the sport.

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International Forces Kill Taliban Insurgents Responsible for Shooting Down US Helicopter

In a Pentagon news conference on Wednesday, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said international forces killed the Taliban fighters that shot down a Chinook helicopter last weekend, killing 38 US and Afghan forces.

The top insurgent leader remains at large and other details are vague, but a statement from the International Security Assistance Force said, “After an exhaustive manhunt, Special Operations forces located Mullah Mohibullah and the after receiving multiple intelligence leads and tips from local citizens. The two men were attempting to flee the country in order to avoid capture.”

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