Obama backs decision to let women serve

2013-01-24 21:41
Barack Obama (Picture: AFP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama fully supports the Pentagon's decision to lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat roles, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said on Thursday.

Ahead of the Pentagon's formal announcement later on Thursday, Carney told reporters Obama is "very pleased" with the decision and "fully supports this effort to expand opportunities for women”.

Carney said the recommendation emerged from military commanders, although Obama had discussed it with Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and others.

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