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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made his final official visit with troops in Afghanistan this month. "Getting on that plane was very hard. Leaving them behind and still in the fight," he said Sunday. "They're so dedicated and so confident, and they're so capable. They're just extraordinary people." (Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made his final official visit with troops in Afghanistan this month. "Getting on that plane was very hard. Leaving them behind and still in the fight," he said Sunday. "They're so dedicated and so confident, and they're so capable. They're just extraordinary people." (Associated Press)

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