Afghanistan's first women pilot to join the air force since the fall of the Taliban has been honored with the U.S Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award.
Niloofar Rahmani, 23, has defied death threats from the terror group and even members of her own extended family to become the first female Air Force pilot in Afghanistan's history, Daily Mail reported.
Captain Rahmani and nine other inspirational women from across the world were awarded the U.S Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award 2015 at a ceremony last week.
She was just 18 when she heard a news announcement saying the Afghan Air Force wanted to recruit pilots. She enlisted in the Afghan Air Force Officer Training Program in 2010, graduated as a Second Lieutenant.
When her achievements were publicized, Rahmani's family received threats from both family members and the Taliban, who disapproved of her ambition and career choices.
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