The girls on Afghanistan's national soccer team arrived safely in Lisbon, Portugal, after an international rescue mission known as Operation Soccer Balls. The rescue was complicated by the group's size 80 people, including the 26 youth team members, aged 14-16, as well as adults and children, including infants. The rescue was coordinated with the Taliban through a coalition of former US military and intelligence officials, aided by team captain Farkhunda Muhtaj in Canada. The world came together to help these girls and their families, said Robert McCreary, who helped lead the effort. These girls are truly a symbol of light for the world and humanity.

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