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Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:54 GMT
Author: Reuters
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WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The Pentagon formally announced on Thursday its decision to lift its ban on women in front-line combat roles, a move hailed by supporters as a historic step toward gender equality in America's armed forces after 11 years of non-stop war.

"The Department's goal in rescinding the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a statement.

Panetta is due to address a Pentagon news conference in the coming hours. (Reporting by Phil Stewart and David Alexander; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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