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February
2010
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Gates: Afghan Strategy Bears Fruit, Iraq on Track

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2010 – Noting signs that the new strategy in Afghanistan “is beginning to bear fruit,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also said during an interview aired last night that the effort to build up Iraq’s security forces and move forward with the U.S. drawdown plan there remains on track. Story >>

Gates Calls for Stronger Pressure on Iran

PARIS, Feb. 8, 2010 – Iran’s continuing nuclear development program only serves to put the Middle East in danger of nuclear weapons proliferation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Story >>

Tough Sanctions Could Still Work in Iran

ROME, Feb. 7, 2010 – There is still time to toughen sanctions to pressure Iran into complying with international demands that it halt its nuclear program that many believe is geared toward developing a nuclear weapon, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Story >>

Iran Puts Middle East Security at Risk

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 6, 2010 – Iran’s nuclear program continues to put security in the Middle East at risk despite international pressure to halt its efforts, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. Story >>

Gates Pledges More Vehicles to Allies

ISTANBUL, Feb. 5, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Story >>

Gates to Ask NATO for More Trainers

ISTANBUL, Feb. 4, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates left Washington, D.C., yesterday, putting the politics of war spending behind him. But he landed squarely in the middle of the same debate among the NATO partners here. Story >>

McChrystal Notes Progress in Afghanistan

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal

ISTANBUL, Feb. 4, 2010 – Although he stopped short of saying the worst is over for troops as they prepare to surge into some of the toughest Taliban-held areas, the top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan said here today that conditions no longer are deteriorating. Story >>