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US envoys on Mideast tour

US envoys on Mideast tour
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visits troops from the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division's Advise and Assist Mission in Talil, Iraq. (Getty Images)
US envoys on Mideast tour
Gates was in Iraq to meet American military commanders and Iraqi political leaders ahead of a major withdrawal of troops early next year. (Getty Images)
US envoys on Mideast tour
Gates speaks to US soldiers stationed in Iraq. (Getty Images)
US envoys on Mideast tour
Gates meets the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad. (Getty Images)
US envoys on Mideast tour
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Senator George Mitchell (left) in Jerusalem. (Getty Images)
US envoys on Mideast tour
Gates (centre) sits with US and Iraqi Army leaders as he receives a briefing on the military mission. (Getty Images)

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