From the War Zone – The Soccer Game That Changed Lives in Afghanistan

From the War Zone – The Soccer Game That Changed Lives in Afghanistan

What happens when very different nations come together to play the world’s favorite game? Jamie Reidy learns about peace-building from a few soccer-loving American service members. - On a morning in December 2004, U.S. Army Major Suzy Mitchem got a strange phone call at her desk in Afghanistan. An eleven-year veteran of the JAG Corps, she was serving as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Combined Joint Task Force 76 at Bagram Airfield, twenty-five miles north of Kabul in the eastern part of the country. On the phone, a representative from the base’s Host Nation Relations’ office told her she would have a visitor late that afternoon.

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