Secret Commando aims to be the first Afghan woman in MMA

Secret Commando aims to be the first Afghan woman in MMA

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Now that she’s moved to the United States after helping the military during the war in Afghanistan, a member of a secret female platoon has her sights set on starting a career in MMA.

Hawa Haidari was a member of the Afghan Women’s Tactical Platoon during the war in Afghanistan. According VOA Newsthe platoon worked alongside the Afghan government and US special forces to locate Taliban members.

The fact that the FTP was an all-female unit is unique in itself, but it is even more remarkable given that cultural taboos in Afghanistan at that time meant that women were not allowed to work alongside men and should never be armed. .

“Because they thought special forces works, it’s just for someone very strong, just for men and not for women,” Haidari said. “We use the night vision, we use the rifle. M4. We go to their homes and look for them for the special someone.

Haidari began MMA training in the United States

Haidari and the other members of the platoon were well aware of the risks involved in their mission, both due to the inherent danger and the culture of their home countries.

The aspiring MMA fighter and a number of her former platoon members recently met at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC to memorialize a friend who was killed by his fiancee’s family for his involvement in the unit.

More than 40 members of the Afghan platoon have now moved to the United States, although currently they are still waiting for the necessary paperwork to be resolved to officially become citizens. Not all women can return home due to the bounties placed on their heads in Afghanistan and setting foot in the country again would mean almost certain death.

(VOA News)

Haidari has been very busy since arriving in the United States. In addition to developing his fluency in the English language, the former commando began regular training in MMA. Although she expects it to take at least five years to actually be able to compete, Haidari has no intention of shirking the challenge.

“I want to be a strong woman, the strongest Afghan woman here.”

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