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AP sources: Panetta opens combat roles to women

The move reverses a nine-year ban.

The move reverses a nine-year ban. (January 23, 2013 8:34 PM)

(AP) - Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.  The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat...

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