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Brown supports women in combat

US senator asks greater opportunities for female troops

WASHINGTON - Breaking with several leaders in his party, Senator Scott Brown yesterday urged Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to allow women to serve in combat, saying the nation has an obligation to provide greater opportunities for female troops who, like their male counterparts, have sacrificed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brown, a lieutenant colonel and 32-year veteran of the Massachusetts National Guard, told Panetta in a letter that a recent decision to permit women to serve in some units closer to the front did not go far enough.

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