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ISAF women’s soccer team captain Danielle Figueroa controls the ball during a friendly match against the Afghan national women’s soccer team at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul on Friday.

October 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — It’s not often you see U.S. troops rooting for the other team.

But on Friday at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, the main NATO base and nerve center for this nine-year war, some soldiers were doing just that.

On a damp, foggy day, soldiers blatantly cheered on the Afghan soccer team playing against their own multinational NATO troops.

The reason was simple: The players were women. And seeing women playing soccer in Afghanistan was something for everyone there to cheer about.

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