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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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women in combat

Jun 18, 2013 — The U.S. military said in January that it will end its front-line combat exclusion for women; the shift means that women could join elite forces such as the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs in the next three years.
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Jan 25, 2013 — Militaries have a habit of turning to women and expanding their role in times of war.
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Jan 24, 2013 — The Pentagon's announcement that it is lifting the ban on women in combat raises a host of questions. We answer a few.
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Jan 24, 2013 — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the historic announcement Thursday afternoon. The reality, though, is that women in the U.S. military have been in harm's way in recent years. Women veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can speak to that. Still, the lifting of the ban will open up jobs.
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Feb 10, 2012 — The Republican presidential contender applauds the job women have been doing in the U.S. military. But he says if they are put into combat situations then male soldiers may do things to protect them. And that might compromise missions.
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Feb 9, 2012 — Proposed new rules wouldn't let women serve "in combat," but would formalize what's already been happening — the assigning of women to key roles near the front lines.
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Mar 1, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, women in combat, and what it means to establish a no-fly zone. In the second hour, actor Alan Arkin talks about his improvised life, and states and opting out of the health law.
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