US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, left, talks with journalists during 

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta,  left,  talks with journalists during a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. A suicide bomber killed four people on Dec. 13 outside a US airbase in southern Afghanistan, hours after Defence Secretary Leon Panetta visited, said officials. An official with the NATO-led military force said Panetta had left Kandahar airbase hours before the bombing. (AP Photo /SSabawoon, Pool)
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US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, left, talks with journalists during a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. A suicide bomber killed four people on Dec. 13 outside a US airbase in southern Afghanistan, hours after Defence Secretary Leon Panetta visited, said officials. An official with the NATO-led military force said Panetta had left Kandahar airbase hours before the bombing. (AP Photo /SSabawoon, Pool)
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