U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA, left, is greeted today as he arrives at the Transit Center at Manas, near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Panetta is meeting with Kyrgyzstan’s leaders to stress that America needs the continued use of the U.S. air base there beyond the end of its contract in 2014, largely as a transit center to bring troops home from Afghanistan.

U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA, left, is greeted today as he arrives at the Transit Center at Manas, near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Panetta is meeting with Kyrgyzstan’s leaders to stress that America needs the continued use of the U.S. air base there beyond the end of its contract in 2014, largely as a transit center to bring troops home from Afghanistan.

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