Haidari worked with the Americans as a covert Afghan woman commando for six years. In the course of the Afghan War, Women Special Forces units were used to track down and identify terrorists.
She recalled her most deadly operation as she and another member of the Female Tactical Platoon broke into a residence in search of a terrorist. The traditional culture of Afghanistan prevented Afghan men from suspecting that Afghan women might wield weapons or serve in the military. She experienced a lot of gender discrimination at work from Afghan men who told her to leave the battalion. She says she now has the freedom to work toward her new objective, “You should be at home and can’t do this, can’t do that. I want to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) matches in the ring,” she declared.