Gates Continues Afghan Farewell Tour

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that despite the death of Osama bin Laden, it's still too soon to wind down the Afghan war.

He says more pressure must be applied to the Taliban before they
are likely to feel it necessity to talk peace.

Gates is in Afghanistan saying a final farewell to front-line U.S. troops.

He flew Monday from the Afghan capital, Kabul, to a troop base in one of the more remote and dangerous parts of the country, in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan.

Gates, 67, is retiring June 30, ending a 4½ year tenure as Pentagon chief.

One of his last major issues is recommending to President Barack Obama how to begin and carry out a U.S. troop withdrawal starting in July.

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