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Travels with Gates
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks with sailors onboard the USS Vicksburg ported in Bahrain, Dec. 6, 2007.  Gates is in the region to discuss defense issues and recieve updates from commanders.Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks with sailors onboard the USS Vicksburg ported in Bahrain, Dec. 6, 2007. Gates is in the region to discuss defense issues and recieve updates from commanders. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison | Hi-res Photo | Photo Essay
Iraq

Gates Sees Iraq Progress, Need for Political Action
Defense Secretary Robert Gates greets local leaders in Mosul, Iraq during a recent trip to Iraq's 3rd largest city, Dec. 5, 2007.Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the broad perspectives he’s received in Iraq over the last two days have convinced him Iraq is on the right track. Story | Photos

Gates Seeks to Build on Positive Momentum in Iraq
Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with local leaders in Mosul, Iraq during a recent trip to Iraq's 3rd largest city, Dec. 5, 2007.Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talked with Iraqi leaders and U.S. commanders in Iraq to explore ways to maintain and build on recent momentum. Story

Commanders Urge Vigilance, Say Strategy Working
Field commanders deployed throughout Iraq gathered in Baghdad to tell Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that the U.S. strategy in Iraq is working and to urge vigilance in seeing it through. Story

Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Sees Gains in Afghan Province
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Afghan President Hamid KarzaiDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Afghanistan’s Khowst province to see firsthand “a model of concerted counterinsurgency effort, the synergy that comes from an integration of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ powers.” Story

Gates Praises Afghan Efforts to Defeat Taliban
Afghan forces train on AK-47 laser sights at the Kabul Military Training CenterDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed U.S. support for Afghanistan and said he continues to press coalition partners to live up to their commitments there. Story

Gates Visits Afghanistan To Assess Conditions
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and ISAF Commander Gen. McNeil discuss defense issuesDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Afghanistan to get a face-to-face assessment from commanders about conditions on the ground, particularly in the volatile southern region. Story

Djibouti

Gates Draws Lessons From Djibouti Experience
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visits with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar GuellehDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled to Djibouti to see firsthand how combining multiple elements of U.S. national power toward a common goal is helping to prevent terrorism from taking a foothold in the Horn of Africa. Story

Bahrain

Gates Urges Gulf Nations To Keep Pressure on Iran
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gives an opening speech during the Manama Dialogue security conference Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on the international community to keep up its pressure on Iran.
Story | Transcript


Arab World Must Support Iraqi Progress, Gates Says
Iraq’s neighbors must help the country succeed as a peaceful, stabilizing force in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
said. Story

Gates Cites Cooperation As Critical to Gulf Security
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pressed for multilateral cooperation to better protect the Persian Gulf region from destabilizing forces. Story

Defense Secretary to Seek More Cooperation at Summit
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is welcomed to Bahrain by Crown Prince His Majesty Hamad bin Al-Khalifa Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will encourage closer cooperation to promote security in the Persian Gulf region at the fourth annual Manama Dialogue in Bahrain. Story | Photos

Gates Appraises Maritime Contribution to Gulf Security
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates commemorated a historic date in U.S. naval history -- Pearl Harbor Day -- at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command headquarters in Bahrain. Story

Defense Secretary Tours USS Vicksburg in Bahrain
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks aboard the USS Vicksburg Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited the USS Vicksburg in Bahrain to tour the vessel, meet its crew and thank them for their service in the Persian Gulf region. Story


Photo Highlight
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks with Crown Prince His Majesty Hamad bin Al-Khalifa in BahrainDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates walks with Crown Prince His Majesty Hamad bin Al-Khalifa in Bahrain while on a visit to Southwest Asia, Dec. 6, 2007. Gates is in the region to discuss defense issues and recieve updates from commanders. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison   Hi-res Photo | Photo Essays: Afghanistan | Iraq | Iraq/Bahrain | Vicksburg