US to follow other countries that allow women in combat

Senior US defence officials have said that US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles.

Other countries that allow women to take part in front-line fighting include Israel, Italy and Norway and New Zealand.

The Israeli Defence Force says it has put great effort to ensure there is gender equality in the field.

Women in Israel's Carakal Battalion
A woman from Israel's unisex Carakal Battalion on a training exercise. Credit: Flickr/ Israel Defense Forces

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US lifts women combat ban

The Pentagon has officially scrapped the military's ban imposed in 1994 on woman serving in front-line combat roles. The outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will make a formally announcement later this evening.