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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) speaks with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) speaks with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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