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 In this Monday March 8, 2010 file picture, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left,  speaks with Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal during a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool, File)
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In this Monday March 8, 2010 file picture, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, speaks with Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal during a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool, File)

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