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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah as Ambassador to the U.S. Adel Al-Jubair (center) translates on Wednesday at the king's Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The largely Sunni Muslim nation is a U.S. ally. (Associated Press)

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah as Ambassador to the U.S. Adel Al-Jubair (center) translates on Wednesday at the king's Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The largely Sunni Muslim nation is a U.S. ally. (Associated Press)

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