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Threats bring Afghan girl to US

Afghan war victim Shah Bibi Tarakhail, left, smiles as she shows her own painting with artist Dayvd Whaley.
Afghan war victim Shah Bibi Tarakhail, left, smiles as she shows her own painting with artist Dayvd Whaley.
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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.

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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.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the girl's age. KPCC regrets the error.