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New U.S. Defense Secretary Arrives In Iraq


http://gdb.rferl.org/708D3D8D-1DAB-4F4F-AA76-7E7BCE15D12E_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/708D3D8D-1DAB-4F4F-AA76-7E7BCE15D12E_mw800_mh600.jpg Robert Gates, the new U.S. secretary of defense (file photo) (epa) December 20, 2006 -- New U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Baghdad today to meet U.S. commanders and see for himself a war that he says the United States is neither winning nor losing.


The visit by the former CIA director follows a new Pentagon report that said Iraq is more violent than ever and at a time when U.S. fatalities are nearing 3,000.


Gates was sworn in as defense secretary two days ago.


(Reuters)

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