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US Defence Secretary Mideast visit

US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates inspects troops as he tours Camp Blackhorse training grounds in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Getty Images)
US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak talks to Gates during a helicopter ride. (Getty Images)
US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
Gates shakes hands with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai during a press conference at The Presidential Palace. (Getty Images)
US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
Gates walks next to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Getty Images)
US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
The US official shakes hands with King Abdullah. Gates flew into Riyadh for talks on Iran's nuclear programme and Washington's push for tougher sanctions against Tehran. (Getty Images)
US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
Gates also met the Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz while in Riyadh. (Getty Images)
US Defence Secretary Mideast visit
Gates speaks with 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, troops at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Frontenac in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Getty Images)

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