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History of women in combat

POSTED: 09:06 AM PST Jan 24, 2013    UPDATED: 09:37 AM PST Jan 24, 2013 

Women have played a role in major combats throughout history.

Leon Panetta
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Jim Young / Reuters

Current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta eased some restrictions on women in combat in February 2012, allowing female soldiers to work in dangerous jobs closer to the front lines.

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