Panetta Opens Combat Roles To Women

Panetta Opens Combat Roles To WomenLeon Panetta, in one of his last acts as President Obama’s defense secretary, is preparing to announce the policy change which would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs to women after more than a decade at war, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.

‘Groundbreaking move’

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

Some front-line military roles may open to women as soon as this year. Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer. Panetta’s move expands the Pentagon’s action nearly a year ago to open about 14,500 combat positions to women, nearly all of them in the Army. This decision could open more than 230,000 jobs, many in Army and Marine infantry units, to women.

‘Preparing to step down’

In recent years the necessities of war propelled women into jobs as medics, military police and intelligence officers that were sometimes attached — but not formally assigned — to units on the front lines. Women comprise 14 percent of the 1.4 million active military personnel.

Panetta is preparing to step down as Obama begins his second term, with former Sen. Charles Hagel nominated to take Panetta’s place.

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Source: Fox News

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Iran Broadcasts ‘Confessions’ of Alleged U.S. Spy

The semi-official Fars news agency in Iran on Sunday broadcast video showing what it called the confessions of an alleged U.S. spy. In the video, a young man, who says his name is Amir Mirzai Hekmati, speaks fluent Farsi and English. He said he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and had worked with Iraqi officers.

CNN could not confirm the authenticity of the report, and the U.S. State Department on Sunday did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The purported confession was not broadcast in full by Fars and it was not clear what questions Hekmati had been asked. He appeared calm and collected, sitting in a quiet, well-furnished room.

According to Fars, Hekmati was born in Arizona and began serving in the U.S. military in 2001. He received language training and became an intelligence analyst, it said. The news agency also broadcast photographs of Hekmati, and an image of a card that identified him as belonging to the U.S. armed forces.

State media reported Saturday that Iran’s Intelligence Ministry claimed it had arrested an Iranian-American working as a CIA agent. The alleged spy is a CIA analyst who has served in American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, state-run Press TV reported, citing a statement from the Intelligence Ministry. The suspect was “tasked with carrying out a complex intelligence operation and infiltrating the Iranian intelligence apparatus,” Press TV reported.



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