S.-backed military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 that toppled the Taliban regime – whose ultra-hardline interpretation of sharia (Islamic law) banned girls from school, women from working outside the home and all females from leaving home without a male relative. Reuters"CLEAR INSULT"Qaderyan's teammate from Herat, 17-year-old Lida Azizi, was less forgiving of the U. So it's a clear insult for the people of Afghanistan," Azizi said.FIRST Global's president, Joe Sestak, said in a post on the organization's Facebook page that he was "saddened" by the U. decision but the Afghan team would be able to connect with the competition via a live Skype video link."That is how we must now honor our fellow teammates, those brave girls from Afghanistan," he said.(SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) In a picture taken on April 26, 2015, Afghanistan's first female pilot Niloofar Rahmani, 23, poses for a photograph alongside a fixed-wing Afghan Air Force aviator aircraft in Kabul.Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner repeatedly convinced an underage girl to get naked and fondle herself while he watched over the internet, federal prosecutors revealed in a court filing Wednesday.
(SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) In a picture taken on April 26, 2015, Afghanistan's first female pilot Niloofar Rahmani, 23, leaves her office at an Air Force airfield in Kabul.
He added that the teams of 156 countries – including from Iran and Sudan, which are on Trump's list of countries whose citizens are banned from entry – had received their visas."The support of the U. State Department (including its embassies) has been simply nothing short of amazing," Sestak said in the post, adding that one other team, from Gambia, had been also denied visas.
Also approved for visas was "Team Hope," a group of Syrian refugees, he said.
The unusual story of the Afghan all-girl team of robotics students emerged as the United States grapples with the legality of President Donald Trump's order to temporarily ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries.
Afghanistan itself is not on the list and Team Afghanistan's robot, unlike its creators, has been allowed entry to the United States.