From left: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, U.S. Commanding General of Multinational Forces in Iraq David Petraeus and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talk shortly before ceremonies in which Gates awarded Petraeus and Crocker for distinguished service, Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, POOL)
From left: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, U.S. Commanding General of Multinational Forces in Iraq David Petraeus and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talk shortly before ceremonies in which Gates awarded Petraeus and Crocker for distinguished service, Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, POOL) Associated Press
From left: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, U.S. Commanding General of Multinational Forces in Iraq David Petraeus and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talk shortly before ceremonies in which Gates awarded Petraeus and Crocker for distinguished service, Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, POOL) Associated Press

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