American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade have had a tremendous impact on Moslem, Iraqi and Afghan cultures. One of the more profound impacts was Moslems seeing American women serving in the military. Nearly 300,000 American military women served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 700 were killed or wounded in action. Moslem women and men were impressed with these infidel (non-Moslem) who were real soldiers. They wore the uniform, the body armor, carried weapons and could fight. Despite resistance from many men, there is more pressure in Moslem countries to let women serve in the local military.
Pakistan, which saw female American troops passing through and heard lots of the stories of these women warriors doing their jobs next door in Afghanistan, is witnessing growing pressure to allow Pakistani women to operate like American women in the military. Currently
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