An Afghan woman who was one of the few female military pilots in the country is residing in the United States despite online chatter that she had been killed.
Safia Ferozi, her husband, Jawad Najafi, and their 5-year-old daughter Nargis left Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the day the Taliban overthrew the government.
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Facebook users identified her inaccurately as a woman who was killed by a mob. Reuters later fact-checked the post and said the video was from 2015.
"If I was in Afghanistan, I'm sure it would have happened to me," Ferozi told Military.com.
Ferozi was unaware of what was happening online as she gave birth to their second daughter at a U.S. military base in Qatar. She found out when a doctor showed her the posts, which spurred husband and wife to begin relaying the information to family members.
Her family spent three months at a military base in New Jersey, and they now plan to resettle in Oregon.
Ferozi's belief of what could have been her fate should she have stayed is a reality to others. The international group Human Rights Watch alleged that the Taliban were responsible for the death or disappearance of more than 100 former police and intelligence officers.
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The November report documented the killing or vanishing of 45 former Afghan National Security Forces soldiers who had surrendered to or were apprehended between Aug. 15 and Oct. 31. In all, the group “gathered credible information on more than 100 killings from” four provinces, according to a statement.