Defense Secretary Gates Travels To Afghanistan

In This Photo: Robert Gates
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pauses as he speaks to reporters aboard his plane December 7, 2009 while flying over the Atlantic Ocean enroute to Kabul, Afghanistan. Secretary Gates is embarking on a week-long trip to Afghanistan one week after U.S. President Barack Obama announced that he will send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.
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