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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, March 7, 2011. Mr. Gates visited Afghanistan to meet with U.S. troops, allied commanders and Afghan leaders to gauge war progress as the Obama administration moves toward crucial decisions on reducing troop levels. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

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