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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks though an honor cordon of Macedonian special guardsman after attending the Southeastern European Defense Ministerial, Oct. 8, 2008, in Ohrid, Macedonia. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks though an honor cordon of Macedonian special guardsman after attending the Southeastern European Defense Ministerial, Oct. 8, 2008, in Ohrid, Macedonia. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer meet during the Budapest NATO Conference, Oct. 9, 2008, in Budapest, Hungary. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer meet during the Budapest NATO Conference, Oct. 9, 2008, in Budapest, Hungary. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long listen to the opening remarks of the Southeastern European Defense Ministerial in Ohrid, Macedonia, Oct. 8, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long attend an Oct. 8, 2008 NATO meeting in Macedonia. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with U.S. troops in Kosovo, participated in a southeastern Europe defense ministerial conference in Macedonia and attended a NATO meeting in Hungary Oct. 6-10, 2008.

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European Visit Important to Allies

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Oct. 10, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today his five-day trip to southeastern and central Europe was important to allies in the region and to relations among NATO nations. Story»

NATO Ministers Approve Drug Network
Attacks to Shut Down Taliban Funding

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Oct. 10, 2008 - NATO defense ministers approved a proposal that will allow the International Security Assistance Force soldiers in Afghanistan to shut down drug networks that funnel money to the Taliban. Story»

NATO Ministers Discuss Afghan Problems, Challenges

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Oct. 9, 2008 - NATO has proven it is up to the job in Afghanistan, and the alliance is adjusting to changing situations in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Story»

Defense Ministers Seek to Halt Taliban Drug Money

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Oct. 9, 2008 - NATO should go after the drug trade in Afghanistan to take away funding for the Taliban and al-Qaida, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Story»

Security Force Nations Look Ahead on Afghanistan

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Oct. 9, 2008 - Meetings with NATO and troop-contributing nations making up the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will help chart the way ahead in the troubled nation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story»

Defense Leaders Reaffirm Georgia's NATO Aspirations

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Oct. 9, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed the U.S. and NATO pledge for Georgia’s aspirations to join the alliance at a meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili in Budapest, Hungary. Story»

More NATO Troops Needed to Train Afghan Forces

LAKE OHRID, Macedonia, Oct. 8, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today called on southeastern European nations to consider helping the military training effort in Afghanistan. Story»

U.S. Committed to Ukrainian NATO Membership

LAKE OHRID, Macedonia, Oct. 8, 2008 – The United States continues to support NATO membership action plans for Ukraine and Georgia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said following a meeting with Ukraine’s defense minister. Story»

'Walking the Beat’ in Kosovo

GJILAN, Kosovo, Oct. 7, 2008 – Some U.S. soldiers in Kosovo have a job similar to that of a beat cop, and they took Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates along with them as they walked the streets. Story»

Touring Camp Bondsteel, Gjilan in Kosovo

GJILAN, Kosovo, Oct. 7, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates toured Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, met with servicemembers there and in Gjilan, and saw for himself the changes U.S. and NATO forces have brought to the nation. Story»

Continued Support Promised to Kosovo Leaders

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Oct. 7, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates congratulated the citizens of Kosovo on their progress in establishing the newest nation on Earth. Story»

Visiting U.S. Troops in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Oct. 7, 2008 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited with U.S. troops assigned to NATO’s Kosovo Force in what was the first visit to Kosovo by a defense secretary since 2001. Story»

Afghanistan, Russia High on European Meetings Agenda

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Oct. 6, 2008 - While the alliance’s transformation is the focus at the NATO defense conference in Hungary, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Afghanistan and Russia also will be high on the agenda. Story»

On the Road in Southeastern Europe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel this week to participate in a southeastern Europe defense ministerial conference in Macedonia and a NATO meeting in Hungary, senior defense officials said. Story»