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Ashley’s War: Female soldiers standing with the military’s best

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They were among the Army’s most elite soldiers, and they were women. Community Support Team 2 was a special ops unit of female soldiers who accompanied Army Rangers and Green Berets on dangerous night missions in Afghan’s Kandahar province. Designated as an “attachment” because women weren’t allowed to serve in combat, their training was worthy of any special unit. Only half of the volunteers survived the “100 hours of hell.” Their mission was to reach out to women and children to gather intelligence—something male soldiers couldn’t do in such a conservative society where men and women couldn’t mingle. Their experiences and the death of the charismatic heart of their unit, 1st Lt. Ashley White, who was killed along with two…

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