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Defense Secretary Robert Gates participates in an award ceremony for a group of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, at combat outpost Senjaray outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates participates in an award ceremony for a group of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, at combat outpost Senjaray outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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