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U.S. Army convoys are given a thumb up from a female soldier after crossing into Kuwait during the last convoy out of Iraq in this December 18, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

U.S. Army convoys are given a thumb up from a female soldier after crossing into Kuwait during the last convoy out of Iraq in this December 18, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

U.S. Army convoys are given a thumb up from a female soldier after crossing into Kuwait during the last convoy out of Iraq in this December 18, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta answers questions from journalists during a news conference at Sao Juliao fortress, on the outskirts of Lisbon, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta answers questions from journalists during a news conference at Sao Juliao fortress, on the outskirts of Lisbon, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta answers questions from journalists during a news conference at Sao Juliao fortress, on the outskirts of Lisbon, January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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