US service woman in Iraq in 2004
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US forces women 'allowed near combat'

Women in the US military will be able to serve with battalions close to the front lines of combat, although they will still not be able to serve in combat themselves.

While some say the changes do not go far enough, they mean more than 14,000 new roles are open to women in the forces and the Pentagon says there could be more changes in future.

Jonathan Blake reports from Washington.

  • 14 May 2012