A New Kind of Battle

Clicking through the archives of the Washington Post with a steaming cup of coffee in hand, I came across an article written by Martha McSally, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who served in Saudi Arabia. Her article, entitled “Why American troops in Afghanistan shouldn’t have to wear headscarves” responds to the current military policy recommending women don hijabs, or headscarves, in Afghanistan. I was intrigued, especially as a woman who has lived extensively in the Middle East and a current Middle Eastern Studies student. McSally argues that American women in the armed forces should not be pressured to perform...

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