APNewsBreak: Threats bring Afghan girl to US

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 7:34 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little Afghan girl whose love of painting won the hearts of U.S. doctors who fitted her with a prosthetic arm has returned to the United States after her newfound celebrity made her a subject of death threats in her homeland.

Six-year-old Shah Bibi Tarakhail arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning.

Amel Najjar, executive director of the nonprofit Children of War Foundation says Shah Bibi has been granted a six-month visa but may seek permanent political asylum.

The little girl lost her right arm last year when she picked up a grenade following a firefight between U.S. and Taliban forces.

The Children of War Foundation brought her to the U.S. where doctors fitted her with a prosthetic arm.

Now that she's back, she'll undergo more medical treatment.

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