December 12, 2012
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, is greeted by Marine Gen. John R. Allen, left, commander of International Security Assistance Force, upon his arrival at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Panetta is expected to meet with troops as part of a holiday visit to thank the troops for their service.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, smiles as he is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham, center, and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, left, commander of International Security Assistance Force, upon arriving at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Panetta is expected to meet with troops as part of a holiday visit to thank the troops for their service.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta waves as he boards his plane after visiting troops at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Panetta met with troops as part of a holiday visit to thank the troops for their service.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, second from right, stands across from Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of International Security Assistance Force, left, as he speaks before a dinner with commanders at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, second from right, meets with commanders, including Marine Gen. John R. Allen, commander of International Security Assistance Force, third from right, before a dinner with them at International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.