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US military to lift ban on women in combat

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) greets his flight crew on March 14, 2012 near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He lifted a ban on women serving in combat, a senior defense official said.US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will lift a ban on women serving in combat, a senior defense official said Wednesday, after a decade of war that saw female troops thrust onto the battlefield.