Palestine: Israeli Defense forces routed a Hamas terrorist from his home in Nablus. He claimed not to have any weapon, though it was later learned that he'd had his sister hide the gun in her underwear. The Ynetnews report does not say that she was wearing this item of clothing at the time, though one can infer that this is the case since the authorities are now concerned about the need to reconsider their policy of "going easy" on women. (hat tip: cuanas)
Iraq: The Baghdad Police Academy has begun training women for the civilian police force. According to the report in Stars and Stripes, the 27 female cadets tend to perform better academically than their male cohorts -- a fact which would surprise no experienced teacher. However, they also outperform men on the shooting range, "where instructors don't have to break bad shooting habits."
The dean of the Baghdad facility is doubtful about these women,
|"I am not against women," Mohammed said through a translator. "But females recruits will face difficulties from society. Where can we assign them? We are trying to make them equal to men, equal to men in the police department, but I don't know if this is going to work."|
|"I want to help keep my country and the people on the streets safe," said the 35-year-old police cadet candidate who never before has held a job.|
|"It will be difficult, yes, but I am ready."|