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Women are more than victims, so it is time focus security strategies on them

Clearly extremists are not afraid to fight or to die. They often welcome and embrace the idea of martyrdom. So, what are they afraid of? A common operating procedure among various extremist groups is to control and disempower girls and women.

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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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Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

As the country's five-decade war winds down, how the government disarms female fighters could define the coming truce.

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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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Col. Brooks, about women in the Army: I don’t think you know today’s force

By Lt. William R. Cauley, U.S. Army Best Defense guest respondent I am not sure what to say about this particular article. I am a little ...

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A Lynching, Then Anger in Afghanistan

After a brutal killing, Afghanistan’s women turn their anger toward men. But will the protests and outrage result in a change for women's rights in the country?

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