Female Afghani fighter pilot requests asylum in U.S.

Photo: Anthony Moretti

Photo: Anthony Moretti

France 24 examines what’s behind the request.

“What she said in the US was irresponsible and unexpected. She was meant to be a role model for other young Afghans,” defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh told AFP on Monday. “She has betrayed her country. It is a shame.”

But her shock announcement also garnered her support from activists in Afghanistan, as well as renewed the debate on some of the country’s most vexing issues: security, the role of women and the mass exodus of educated young people that has created an Afghan “brain drain”.

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