The US Pentagon is to announce it will lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat. The policy change will open up thousands of jobs to women who have been kept out from frontline positions and elite commandos.
Vice President Joe Biden has reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi following remarks made by a US official. On television Sunday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter questioned the Iraqi military’s "will to fight."
HRW has condemned Indonesia's use of "virginity tests" for female recruits and fiancées of military officers. HRW's Andreas Harsono says some in the armed forces claim a virgin is mentally healthier than a non-virgin.
An FIDH report has said women in Egypt face "widespread sexual violence" by security forces, including rape, virginity tests and electroshocks to genitalia. Those affected hail from all walks of Egyptian society.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in Washington to discuss America's future military presence. The talks come as a suspected CIA drone strike killed nine along the Pakistani border.