These Women Fought in Special Ops in Afghanistan Before It Was Allowed

According to Women in the World, the U.S. military formally lifted its ban on allowing woman in ground combat in January of 2013.

However, before the ban was even lifted, there was a special group of women serving the country at the frontline.

By 2010, the war in Afghanistan was claiming many Afghan and American lives.

But the military wondered how the war could be won without women in a country where male soldiers could not speak to Afghan women, or enter their quarters without causing grave cultural offense.

Therefore soldiers were missing out on the opportunity to speak with women about what they knew and saw happening in their communities.

That's when the military asked women to apply to become part of an all-women special operations team, the first of its kind to formally recruit, train and deploy women to join some of the most critical – and most dangerous – missions of the war, according to The Telegraph.

And in 2011, the U.S. Army deployed a special female-only unit to Afghanistan.

These women seized the rare opportunity to serve the country in a time when they were banned from doing so.

"Frankly, I was encouraged by just the physical performance of some of the young girls that aspire to go into the cultural support teams," said Maj. General Bennet Sacolick, who singled out the women's great performance, according to The Telegraph.

"They very well may provide a foundation for ultimate integration."

Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the story of the inspiring "band of sisters" in the video below:

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