GATES: Bin Laden Death Could Be Afgan Game-Changer

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the killing of Osama bin Laden could be game-changer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan by splitting the native Taliban from the al-Qaeda terror network.

Gates took questions for about 35 minutes from about 300 airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina on Friday.

Gates says many Taliban feel betrayed by al-Qaeda whose attack on Sept. 11, 2001, led to the U.S. invasion that drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan.

The 67-year-old Gates is on his way out as defense secretary. The former CIA director under President George H.W. Bush became President George W. Bush's defense secretary in December 2006. He stayed at the Pentagon under President Barack Obama and is due to leave the position June 30.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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You can expect it's a busier Friday morning than usual at one military base in the east, preparing for a very important visitor.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled to appear at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro today. His mission--presenting a Bronze Star medal to an airman as well as meeting with 300 airmen who recently returned from a deployment, and those who are about to deploy.

WITN will be there and will bring you coverage throughout the day on the air and witn.com.


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