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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

December 2011

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Panetta Promises Continued Support
To Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 17, 2011 – Paying tribute to the courage and determination of the Libyan people, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today joined Libyan leaders in welcoming a new chapter in U.S.-Libyan relations. Story

Panetta Arrives for Historic
Visit to Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 17, 2011 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived here today to congratulate the Libyan people for their accomplishments and determine what help the United States can offer to help them succeed as they move forward. Story

Panetta Pays Tribute to Fallen Sailors

TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 17, 2011 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paused during his historic visit here to lay a wreath on the graves of U.S. sailors lost aboard the USS Intrepid more than 200 years ago. Story

Panetta Praises Turkey for
Leadership in Region and Beyond

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 16, 2011 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised Turkish leaders today for their leadership in the region at a time of sweeping change, including its efforts to quell the Syrian government’s violent crackdown and to prevent Iran from tampering that could prevent progress. Story

Panetta: Campaign to Establish Sovereign Iraq Was ‘Worth It’

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 16, 2011 – The military campaign that established a free, stable and sovereign Iraq was worth the costs, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today. Story

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About the Secretary

Leon Edward Panetta was sworn in as the 23rd defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the course of his duties, the secretary will travel throughout the world visiting U.S. military forces in deployed locations and meeting with defense counterparts in allied and partner nations. Biography