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Women in combat, at home and abroad (PHOTOS)

On the news that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's lifted the military ban on women in combat, GlobalPost took a look at women's wartime roles around the world.

Women in combat, at home and abroad (PHOTOS)

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced on January 24 that the military ban on women in combat roles would officially be lifted.

"Our military is more capable, and our force is more powerful, when we use all of the great diverse strengths of the American people," said Panetta, according to the Associated Press.

GlobalPost decided to take a look at women in combat around the world.

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