A pregnant woman who was kicked in the belly by the Taliban has been released from Afghanistan, US rep says

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint that was previously manned by American troops near the US embassy, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, August 17, 2021. AP Photo

  • A 25-year-old pregnant woman from California has been evacuated from Afghanistan.

  • US Rep. Darrell Issa said on Friday that the woman, Nasria, leaves behind her husband in Afghanistan.

  • The Taliban had kicked her in the belly, Issa told Fox News earlier this month.

The Taliban has released a 25-year-old pregnant US citizen from Afghanistan, a US rep from California said on Friday.

The woman, identified only as Nasria, is from California and has been stranded in Kabul for several weeks. Rep. Darrell Issa in a press release said she's returning to the United States.

“Weeks of work and countless hours of coordination paid off,” said Issa. “Nasria is finally coming home.”

Issa's office began facilitating the rescue effort after Nasria's friends reached out, the release says.

During an appearance on Fox News earlier this month, Issa said Taliban fighters had kicked Nasria in the belly.

“She was beaten by the Taliban and kicked in the belly and has been in hiding,” Issa said.

Nasria had originally flown to Afghanistan in June to get married and visit her family. She became trapped as Kabul fell to the Taliban. And in an interview with Voice of America, she said the Taliban is “hunting Americans.”

“I think to myself, 'Am I going to make it home? Am I going to end up living here? Am I going to end up dying here? What's going to happen?'” Nasria said.

“Apparently they're going door-to-door,” she said, “trying to see if anybody has a blue passport.”

Nasria was one of hundreds of Americans the United States was trying desperately to evacuate after the fall of Kabul.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan swiftly after the decision to withdraw all US forces from the area. Since then, crowds of fearful Afghans and Americans alike anticipating violence and turmoil have been seeking a way out.

The United Nations has warned that widespread poverty is also imminent.

Issa's office said Nasria's husband will be left behind in Afghanistan.

“We continue to work around the clock to ensure hundreds of American citizens stranded in Afghanistan are able to escape,” Issa said. “Nothing ends until our community is once again reunited with loved ones.”

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