U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabu on Monday. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, pool)
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabu on Monday. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, pool)
published Monday, March 7th, 2011
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is beginning to decide what its responsibilities will be in Afghanistan after U.S. combat troops leave, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday, but he ruled out permanent military bases in the strategically important country.

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