Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

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2nd Lt. Carly E. Towers (R), the officer in charge of the female engagement team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and Sahima Sheren, or Sam, an interpreter with the FET team, interact with children during a patrol through Tajik Khar in Garmsir, Afghanistan, in this December 18, 2009 U.S. Marine Corp handout photo. REUTERS/Dwight A. Henderson/U.S. Marines/HANDOUT