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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (right) shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (right) shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

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