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‘Ashley’s War’: A look at the use of Cultural Support Teams in Afghanistan

Thousands of women have served in direct combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as helicopter pilots, military police, artillery officers, interpreters, and K9 dog handlers, and nearly 200 of them have died, most from combat-related injuries, from RPG explosions to mortar fire to aircraft crashes. That number includes two of my fellow Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) techs: Senior Airman Liz Loncki was killed by a booby-trapped car bomb in 2007, Staff Sergeant Kim Voelz died disarming an IED in Baghdad in 2003. Her widower Max is also an Army EOD tech, and she died in his arms.

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The Preteen Sex Slaves of the Islamic State

For the young victims of the jihadist group’s systematic campaign of rape and imprisonment, the ordeal is far from over.

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A few brass tacks: Why gender arguments blind the military to bigger problems

In two recent essays on the subject of women in combat, Marine Captain Katey Van Dam directly addressed the issue of women's physical aptitude for infantry combat. She is justified in taking up the case because so many opponents have used the matter of physicality as an argument against their presence in infantry units. However, no matter how well either side presents its view, both sexes have much more in common physically than they realize. What they share is a lack of physical ability that constitutes a dangerous threat to ground troops' battlefield success.

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The Lynching of Syed Sarifuddin Khan

India is facing a horrific rape crisis. But in India’s northeast, ethnic tensions may have led to an innocent man’s murder.

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