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WASHINGTON, DC - Dec. 02: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during the Senate Armed Services hearing on Afghanistan the day after President Obama announced his proposal to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and to begin withdrawing forces in mid-2011. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - Dec. 02: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during the Senate Armed Services hearing on Afghanistan the day after President Obama announced his proposal to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and to begin withdrawing forces in mid-2011. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

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