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Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

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

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,...more

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
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Specialist Joanne Read, of the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, First Armored Division, helps unload a resupply truck at Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz - a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Specialist Joanne Read, of the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, First Armored Division, helps unload a resupply truck at Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz - a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar...more

Specialist Joanne Read, of the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, First Armored Division, helps unload a resupply truck at Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz - a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
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