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Travels with Gates
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Gates Trip Aimed at Understanding
Ground-Truth
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2007 – Seeking ground-truth, Robert M. Gates made his second trip of his less than month-long tour as defense secretary to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Story
Iraq
Gates Wraps Up Fact-Finding Trip,
Praises Coalition Partners
TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq, Jan. 19, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised the efforts of coalition partners in Iraq during the final stop of a six-day fact-finding trip to Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Story
Bahrain
Gates, Middle Eastern Leaders Discuss Iran
MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 18, 2007 – Iran is mistaken in believing it has the United States at a disadvantage, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Story
Saudi Arabia
Saudi King, Gates Discuss Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 17, 2007 – Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated conversations between Saudi King Abdullah and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Gates arrived here from a visit to Afghanistan. He met with the Saudi monarch at a hunting lodge outside the capital, a senior defense official speaking on background said. Crown Prince Sultan also participated in the meeting. Story
Afghanistan
Gates Visits Base at Tip of the Spear in Afghanistan
FORWARD OPERATING BASE TILLMAN, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2007 – U.S. soldiers at this barren base in Paktia province live, eat and soldier with Afghan National Army soldiers doing their best to defend Afghanistan from an oppressive ideology. With Pakistan only about 2 kilometers to the east, this is the sharp end of the stick. Story
U.S. to Work With Pakistan to Counter Infiltrators
KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today he will work with Pakistan to solve the problem of infiltrators crossing into Afghanistan. Story
Success Must Be Sustained in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2007 – The U.S. must stay committed to Afghanistan and do what’s necessary to maintain the success that has been achieved there, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Story
Gates to Build on Success in Afghanistan
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2007 – Progress in Afghanistan is impressive, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wants to build on those successes. Story
Afghan Army Makes Tremendous Progress; Police Progress Slower
KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2007 – The Afghan National Army is making tremendous progress and is a factor on the battlefield, said officials. Story
NATO, U.S., Afghan Forces Battles
Taliban in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2007 – NATO, U.S. and Afghan forces are preparing to counter an expected Taliban spring offensive, said the commander of combined forces. Story
NATO
Second Carrier in Gulf Spotlights
U.S. Commitment
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan. 15, 2007 – Moving another carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf region and manning Patriot anti-missile batteries there is a way of telling the people of the area that the United States has an enduring interest in peace, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Story
Gates, Scheffer Discuss NATO Ops,
Way Forward
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan. 15, 2007 – NATO operations in Afghanistan, NATO’s ongoing transformation, Kosovo and the general state of the North Atlantic alliance were on the table as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.  Story
London, England
Gates Talks With British Allies
About Afghanistan, Iraq
Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair at his residence in London, Jan. 14, 2007.  Gates met with Blair to discuss, among other topics, the new Iraq plan.  Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. ThurlbyLONDON, Jan. 14, 2007 – Continued progress in Afghanistan and details of President Bush’s new way forward in Iraq were the topics of discussion today as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with British leaders here. Story | Photos
IRAQ - PHOTO ESSAY
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates receives a tour of one of the structures next to the Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq, Jan. 19, 2007. The ziggurat was believed to be a place of worship, dedicated to the moon god Nanna in the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi-Res Photo |
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BAHRAIN - PHOTO ESSAY
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates recieves a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command area of responsibility briefing and brief tour of the facility from Commander Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh, in Manama, Bahrain, Jan. 18, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi-Res Photo | More Photos
SAUDI ARABIA - PHOTO ESSAY
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks with General Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, deputy commander-in-chief and minister of defense, Bahrain Defense Force, and U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William T. Monroe upon his arrival in Bahrain, Jan. 17, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi-Res Photo | Photo Essay 1 | Photo Essay 2
AFGHANISTAN - PHOTO ESSAY
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with U.S. Army soldiers at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi-Res Photo | More Photos
BELGIUM - PHOTO ESSAY
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Tom Korologos upon his arrival in Brussels, Belgium, Jan 15, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby  Hi-Res Photo | More Photos
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