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US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates boards a USAF C-17 cargo... News PhotoAir Force,Air Vehicle,Cargo Container,Europe,Horizontal,Incirlik Air Base,Military,Politics,Robert M. Gates,Turkey - Middle East,US Air ForcePhotographer Collection: AFP 2008 AFPUS Secretary of Defense Robert Gates boards a USAF C-17 cargo aircraft on September 15, 2008, at Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey. Gates made a surprise visit to Baghdad on September 15, 2008, saying the new US commander in Iraq will inherit a 'mission in transition' from General David Petraeus as the US force shrinks in size and turns over more of the country to Iraqis. AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)