Anu Bhagwati, a former marine captain and head of the Service Women's Action Network, has welcomed the "historic" decision to lift the US military's ban on women serving in combat roles.
She said her decision to leave the Marine Corps in 2004 was partly due to the existing combat exclusion policy.
I know countless women whose careers have been stunted by combat exclusion in all the branches.
More top news
Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle was spotted in the stands at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto.
Soul legend Otis Redding led the tributes to the singer who released his debut album just six years ago at the age of 62.
The shadow home secretary will tell the Labour conference the Tories have pandered to anti-immigrant sentiment and set "bogus" targets.