Panetta Visits Libya, Meets With Leaders

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta shakes hands with a Libyan freedom fighter in Tripoli, Libya, Dec. 17, 2011.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, tours a cemetery on the shores of Tripoli where U.S.  Marines and sailors killed in the 1800s are buried in Libya, Dec. 17, 2011. Panetta is the first U.S. defense secretary to visit Libya.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta tours a cemetery on the shores of Tripoli where U.S.  Marines and sailors who were killed in the 1800s are buried in Libya, Dec. 17, 2011. Panetta is the first U.S. defense secretary to visit Libya.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pauses during his historic visit to Libya,  Dec. 17, 2011, to lay a wreath on the graves of U.S. sailors lost aboard the USS Intrepid more than 200 years ago. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta places his coin on a U.S. service member’s grave in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta visited the western cemetery where U.S. Marines and sailors killed in the 1800s are buried.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz shows U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta the shores of Tripoli in Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta and Cretz met with key members of the new Libyan government during Panetta’s visit.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Scott Pelley, a CBS reporter on “60 Minutes,” interviews U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta along the shores of Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta is the first U.S. defense secretary to visit Libya.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, walks with Libyan Minister of Defense Usama Al-Jwayli in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta said the United States is ready to help Libya whenever the new government identifies its needs.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, meets with Libyan Minister of Defense Usama Al-Jwayli in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta said the United States is ready to help Libya whenever the new government identifies its needs.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, shakes hands with Libyan Prime Minister Abd al-Raheem Al-Keeb in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, and Libyan Prime Minister Abd al-Raheem Al-Keeb, conduct a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta said that Libya faces a challenging transition, adding that he has full confidence that the Libyan people can succeed in realizing the dream of a representative government and a more secure and prosperous future.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Libyan Prime Minister Abd al-Raheem Al-Keeb, conduct a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011. Panetta said that Libya faces a challenging transition, adding that he has full confidence that the Libyan people can succeed in realizing the dream of a representative government and a more secure and prosperous future.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to reporters during a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Dec.  17, 2011.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo