Women in Combat

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Kelley Beaucar Vlalos rightly calls attention to a neglected angle of the Iraq War in her American Conservative article, Women at War. Despite Congressional mandates and Army regulations to the contrary, and with little notice by either government, the media or the public at large, women soldiers have largely been integrated into the modern asymmetric battlefield in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Some strident language aside (blaming this development on “Clinton-era liberals,” for instance), Vlalos’ larger point is balanced and timely. She complements the iconic “Women of Iraq” (Jessica Lynch, Lynndie England and Janice Karpinski) with the neglected stories of rape, […]

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