"The images that streamed from inside Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul were a propaganda dream for the United States government," notes the Independent. "Afghan women, after years of cruel subjugation by the Taliban, were daring to shed their veils and to expose their faces once again to the world and to sunlight." Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the first woman ever to become a U.S. fighter pilot,is suing the Pentagon for violating her constitutional rights by forcing her to wear an "abaya," a burqa-like, suffocating, head-to-toe robe that allows no glimpse of flesh and has only two slits for the eyes. The Independent asks: "How can the US continue to require its own servicewomen to cover themselves in the Kingdom, when it is celebrating its success in liberating women from the custom in Afghanistan?"
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