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U.S. Special Forces monitor as Iraqi forces advance in February 2017 towards Mosul airport. Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

A National Guard soldier on Thursday became the first woman in the U.S. to earn the title of Green Beret after graduating from Army Special Forces training, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The Pentagon announced it would open all combat jobs to women in late 2015, and the Green Berets had been one of the last places in the Army without any women.

  • The soldier’s name has been withheld for security reasons.

By the numbers: Over 700 women in the Army currently hold previously restricted jobs, and about 70,000 women make up its roughly 470,000 troops.

Go deeper: First female Infantry Division commander will serve in U.S. military

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Trump's seniors moment

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Something wild and unexpected unfolded in the second half of President Trump's term, and now is accelerating: Elderly Americans, who helped elect him, have swung sharply against him. 

Why it matters: National and state polls show a total Trump collapse among Americans 65 and older.  If this chasm remains, it could help bring the whole Republican power structure down with Trump.

Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

President Biden at the Pentagon on Feb. 10. Photo: Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

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