Defense Secretary Robert Gates greets Iraqi soldiers at a base in Talil, Iraq, where they serve with American troops. Gates is on a two-day visit to Iraq. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses supporters at his first election campaign event in Kabul Friday July 24, 2009. He pledged to ensure that Western troops respect Afghan citizens a day after snubbing a TV debate with his rivals. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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