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Balanced News: Syrian girls play soccer among ghosts of Islamic State

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Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic State (IS), has established its first-ever girls’ soccer team, comprising girls aged between 10 and 14. The team practices on pitches funded by a private Norwegian initiative with the aim of creating “life for the girls after so much darkness”. The establishment of the team is seen as an indication of changing attitudes in the region, particularly towards women and girls. However, such changes are not universally welcomed, with some concerns about Kurdish-led administrations and ongoing tensions.

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