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Afghanistan plays India in the 3rd South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women's football championship in Islamabad in November 2014. Photo: Farooq Naeem/AFP via Getty Images

Members of Afghanistan's national women's soccer team and other female athletes were part of an evacuation of 75 people from Kabul on Tuesday, according to international soccer players’ union FIFPRO.

Why it matters: "These young women, both as athletes and activists, have been in a position of danger and on behalf of their peers around the world we thank the international community for coming to their aid," the union said in the statement.

The state of play: The union also thanked the Australian government for its help in the evacuation.

  • The statement added that many other athletes remain at risk in Afghanistan and appealed for help for their evacuations.

What they're saying: “The last few days have been extremely stressful but today we have achieved an important victory," Khalida Popal, former Afghanistan national team captain, said in the statement.

  • "The women footballers have been brave and strong in a moment of crisis and we hope they will have a better life outside Afghanistan," she added.
  • “We are relieved that this group of footballers and athletes have been able to leave Afghanistan today. ... Our hearts go out to all the others who remain stranded in the country against their will," Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, FIFPRO general secretary, said.

The big picture: During Taliban rule in the 1990s, women were banned from playing sports and faced violent and harsh penalties for doing so.

  • The Afghan national women's soccer team was created in 2007, when "women playing sport was seen as a political act of defiance against the Taliban," AP reports.
  • Following the Taliban resurgence this month, players were advised to delete social media posts and photos of them playing to avoid retribution, per AP.

Go deeper: After Afghan soccer player dies falling from evacuation plane, world players' union works to help others

Go deeper

Oct 26, 2021 - World

Pentagon warns of ISIS-K capabilities outside Afghanistan

The site of an airstrike conducted by the U.S. against a planner for ISIS-K in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan in August. Photo: Xinhua via Getty Images

U.S. intelligence believes ISIS-K has the "intent" to eventually launch attacks outside of Afghanistan and could be capable of doing so "somewhere between six or 12 months," a top Pentagon official told senators Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. withdrawal and subsequent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has raised fears that terrorist groups will reconstitute and potentially pose a renewed threat to the U.S. homeland.

Biden headed to the Hill as Democrats struggle to reach deal on spending bills

President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a House Democratic Caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday morning will meet with the House Democratic Caucus on Capitol Hill to provide an update about his Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure deal, according to a White House official.

Driving the news: The meeting comes as Democrats struggle to reach a deal on the spending bills. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Sunday that Democrats were planning to reach an agreement on the infrastructure package this week, before Biden's departure to Europe, which is slated for later on Thursday.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
46 mins ago - Economy & Business

Why it's so hard to tax wealth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The wealth tax that wasn't a wealth tax isn't even a tax, now. The Democrats had a meticulously constructed 107-page proposal to pay for a large chunk of their spending plans with a tax on billionaires, but it died ignobly on Wednesday, the same day it was unveiled.

Why it matters: The dream of a wealth tax will never die as it so neatly generates revenue by reducing inequality. But there are three main reasons why that dream is likely to remain just a dream for the foreseeable future.