US Defence Secretary makes Kuwait visit

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is welcomed as Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheik Ahmad Al-Khaled Al Sabah (2nd R) looks on, at Kuwait International Airport on December 11, 2012 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks to reporters while on board his plane headed to Kuwait, on December 11, 2012 in Flight. According to reports, Panetta spoke of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against rebel targets. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is welcomed by Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheik Ahmad Al-Khaled Al Sabah as he arrives at Kuwait International Airport on December 11, 2012 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks with Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheik Ahmad Al-Khaled Al Sabah as he arrives at Kuwait International Airport on December 11, 2012 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is welcomed by Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheik Ahmad Al-Khaled Al Sabah after his arrival, at Kuwait International Airport on December 11, 2012 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks to reporters while on board his plane headed to Kuwait, on December 11, 2012 in Flight. According to reports, Panetta spoke of the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against rebel targets. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is welcomed by Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheik Ahmad Al-Khaled Al Sabah after his arrival, at Kuwait International Airport on December 11, 2012 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Defense Secretary is due to meet with troops as part of the visit to thank them for their service. (Getty Images)