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Female Soldiers Face More Danger in Iraq

When a roadside bomb in Iraq (news – web sites) exploded on Feb. 9, Army Sgt. Jessica M. Housby became the 21st female soldier killed in action since the war began nearly two years ago. That may seem a small number, given that hostile deaths among U.S. troops recently surpassed 1,000 and is getting closer to 1,500 when fatal accidents and other nonbattle deaths are included. But by historical measure it is high, and reflects the fundamentally different nature of this war, where even a truck driver such as Housby is a target. No one is suggesting that women be kept off the modern-day battlefield. But some question whether an Army that is being reconfigured to respond swiftly and more effectively to conflicts such as the one in Iraq is placing some female soldiers in what amounts to the front lines of fighting. Full Story

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