U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is briefed while visiting the I.J.P. at Kabul International Airport

 
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is briefed while visiting the I.J.P. at Kabul International Airport
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (C) is briefed while visiting the I.J.P. (ISAF Joint Command) at Kabul International Airport December 9, 2009. Gates' unannounced visit comes a week after U.S. President Barack Obama approved the deployment of 30,000 extra troops and laid the groundwork for a gradual U.S. withdrawal starting in July 2011 as Afghan forces assume greater control of security. Picture taken December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Justin Sullivan/Pool (AFGHANISTAN POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)