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  • ** FILE ** Adm. Mike Mullen. (Associated Press)

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  • Embassy Row

    Pakistan's ambassador to the United States resigned Tuesday in a widening scandal over a secret letter to a top U.S. military official, fears of a military coup in Pakistan and accusations between the diplomat and a businessman who claims they plotted to deliver the message to the Pentagon.

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  • Holding a banner that says "Down with America," Pakistani protesters burn a representation of the U.S. flag and an effigy of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen during an anti-American rally in Multan on Thursday. U.S. pressure on Pakistan to attack Afghan militants on its soil will not succeed, the prime minister said in response to Adm. Mullen's assertions that the army's spy agency is supporting insurgents. (Associated Press)

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  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen speaks to reporters at a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (AP Photo File/Maya Alleruzzo)

    Mullen: Pakistani spy agency assisting terrorists

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  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) looks on as Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, before the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen confer while briefing the news media Tuesday on the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Mr. Panetta said repealing the ban on openly gay military service was a "historic day." (Associated Press)

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  • Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stands with (from second from left) U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus; Holly Petraeus (partially hidden), the general's wife; and 2nd Lt. Stephen Petraeus, Gen. and Mrs. Petraeus' son, during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony for the general on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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