Gates Makes Iraq Trip in Third Day on the Job

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's discussed the idea of boosting US troop levels in Iraq with US commanders there, but no decision has been made.

Gates is visiting Iraq to get advice on developing a new strategy for the war. Gates, who is in his third day as Pentagon chief, told reporters
after meeting with top US generals that a surge in troop numbers was discussed, along with what such a move would accomplish.

Army General John Abizaid, commander of US forces in the Middle East, and General George Casey, the top commander in Iraq, have both raised questions in the past about the value of sending extra troops.