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139 Female Soldiers Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan

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The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrated how much the roles of women in the U.S. military have expanded. During a decade's worth of conflict, more than 283,000 women were deployed to the two countries. Hundreds of them served in harm's way, according to casualty figures. More than 800 female service members have been wounded in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and at least 139 have died from combat- and non-combat-related incidents. Of these, 110 died as a result of serving in Iraq, however the last thirteen have all died in Afghanistan. Although the prohibition against women serving in combat units was lifted in 1994, it has been U.S. policy to exclude women from ground combat units. However, in Afghanistan and Iraq, women have served as foot soldiers during door-to-door operations and they have been involved in convoy escort missions. Most female soldiers who have lost their...

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