Inside 'Ashley's War:' Special Ops Program Put Woman in Afghanistan Warzones

The new book, "Ashley's War," focuses on Ashley White Stumpf, who was among the first group of female soldiers to go into combat zones.
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I'm here are our friend Diane sawyer. Bringing us the story of Ashley white. The first female soldier killed serving in Afghanistan. The new book, "Ashley's war" comes out today. Reese Witherspoon has bought the rights to the book. We were saying we didn't know what these women were doing back in 2011. The book is about all of us finding more strength than we knew we had. Out of the night, female soldiers in combat Zones with the best of the best. They were tall, they were short. From all kinds of lives. Yes, I mean, the common denominator was athletic, fierce, and absolutely determined. Reporter: Gayle had written a book about the women responding to make history. Emily miller. Former plat toon leader in Iraq. I wanted to prove I could be valuable. Reporter: Female soldiers needed because special operations forces couldn't penetrate the Muslim homes where women held so many secrets. I knew how the say, I'm a womaning don't be afraid. I would call out to them. Reporter: The first test for all of them, physical. Training at the limits of human endurance. 20 miles a day, suffocating temperatures. We were carrying all sorts of objects. Your buddies. Reporter: Among them, the quiet plopd, Ashley white. The military strength is so revered. Ashley would -- Ashley had it. Reporter: Then, October 2011 Ashley, on a routine mission. Suddenly the night lights up like Roman candles. It was a nest of improvised es ploesive devices that claimed her life and the lives of two rarngs. For the first time, a lot of Americans learned that these women were also right there in the dark. When the community heard, they poured into the streets for the funeral of a valiant warrior. And her band of sisters keep the memory of a time when they were called and showed everyone how women serve. I had never been with a group of women like this -- accomplishing a mission like this that was so important. With the best of the best. When America in the army asked for women to do this mission, she felt the need to say, send me. And I think that that level of selflessness is extraordinary. And uncommon. I'm so glad you did this. This is a story that hasn't been told. That's right. In so many way, physically, spiritually, love of country, they're teaching everybody. A loot more tonight on "Nightline." Thank you, Diane.

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