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KABUL, Afghanistan _ Like many little girls her age, Nadila Basir, 5, loved to play at being a grown-up. When her friends came over, she would pull out her mother's lipstick and high-heeled shoes from the secret place where they were kept hidden from the Taliban and dance around the family's tiny living room pretending to be Rose, the character from her favorite movie, "Titanic."
But Nadila was a little girl nonetheless, and when the first U.S. bombs fell on Kabul, she bawled in terror.
Every night when the bombing started _ at first, all the bombing was at night _ she would creep trembling into bed beside her father, who hugged her and tried to reassure her that she had nothing to fear.
"I told her the Americans weren't …