SABIT QADAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 8: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates makes his way to speak with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam on March 8, 2011 in ... more 
SABIT QADAM, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 8: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates makes his way to speak with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam on March 8, 2011 in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Gates is making his 13th visit to Afghanistan to meet with troops on the ground and with Afghan leaders. He hailed progress in the key battleground of southern Afghanistan Tuesday, meeting troops before the planned start of foreign force withdrawals from July. (Photo by Mandel Ngan - Pool/Getty Images) less 
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