Afghan Women Join Special Forces
Controversial move helps with night raids, especially
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff | Suggested by wd56
Posted Feb 16, 2013 4:22 PM CST
In this Jan. 14 photo, a female member of Afghan special forces, right, stands guard during a training exercise on the outskirts of Kabul.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – Afghanistan is training women to join its army's special forces and take part in nighttime raids of houses for the first time, the AP reports. Night raids are already a sensitive issue in Afghanistan, where many consider such breaches of privacy culturally offensive—but having male soldiers touch females is strictly taboo. So the newly trained female troops can corral the women and look for male insurgents hiding in women's clothing.

While Afghanistan's security forces have included women for years, some women face disapproval from relatives when trying to join the special forces. Lena Abdali, 23—who dons a traditional headscarf beneath her helmet—says she also hides her new job from family and friends for their own security. Still, she considers the job her duty: "Women must show their bravery and power by carrying out this duty as men do," she says.

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Feb 18, 2013 8:30 AM CST
yo gals just grab everyone by the balls if they have them! good luck with this one!!!!!!!!! lol!
Feb 17, 2013 9:44 AM CST
Great idea Afghanistan don't put your men in uniforms either cause you know the terrorist think of it as target practice. It's a bulls eye for the person shooting at you. When we part ways next year I hope you will find the peace you deserve. 1 thing you will have to do and that's stay away from Iran. It's to bad you can't find away to stop the terrorist from getting into your country. May God be with the Afghan people and their leaders.
Feb 16, 2013 10:30 PM CST
And to the taliban. We are going to leave you a little something...... your worst f kn nightmare.