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    Afghan War Orphan Remains With Marine Accused of Abduction

    Afghan War Orphan Remains With Marine Accused of Abduction

    The Afghan woman ran down the street towards her friend's apartment as soon as she heard the news: the White House had publicly weighed in on her family's case.

    Surely her child, who she says was abducted by a U.S. Marine more than a year ago, would now be returned, she thought. She was so excited that it was only after she'd arrived that she realized she wasn't wearing any shoes.

    “We thought within one week she'd be back to us,” the woman told The Associated Press.

    Yet two months after an AP report on the high-stakes legal fight over the child raised alarms at the highest levels of government, from the White House to the Taliban, the baby remains with U.S. Marine Corps Major Joshua Mast and his family. The Masts claim in court documents that they legally adopted the child and that the Afghan couple's accusations are “outrageous” and “unmerited.”

    “We are all concerned with the well being of this child who is at the heart of this matter,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre after the AP detailed the child's plight in October.

    Last month, the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion to intervene in the legal wrangling over the fate of the child, arguing that Mast's adoption should never have been granted. The government has said Mast's attempts to take the child directly conflicted with a U.S. foreign policy decision to reunite the orphan with her Afghan family. They asked that…

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