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Gates Sees ‘Positive Direction’

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he is encouraged by what he saw during a visit with troops serving in Afghanistan. Story

Gates, Karzai Discuss Way Ahead

There are now enough resources in Afghanistan to deliver “tangible and lasting results,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a joint news conference in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Story

Secretary Praises Odierno for Service

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2010 – As U.S. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno signed off as commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates credited his ability to turn plans into results on the ground for keeping the situation in the country from being "grimmer." Story

War in Iraq Over, Transition Begins

RAMADI, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2010 – The war in Iraq is over and the United States is entering the final phase of the U.S. engagement in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story

Secretary Says Commanders Have
Resources to Win in Afghanistan

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 31, 2010 – The U.S. military has fought two separate wars in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the American Legion, and only now do commanders in Afghanistan have the troops and resources necessary to win this second conflict. Story

Iraq Now Has Chance for Freedom

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 31, 2010 – It is thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of American servicemembers that Iraq has the chance for political freedom, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the annual convention of the American Legion. Story

Gates Talks Pentagon Reform

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 31, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates solicited support for his initiative to reform the Pentagon at the American Legion’s national convention, telling the crowd that the United States cannot afford a peace dividend. Story

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