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Gates to meet with Saudi king to discuss Yemen, Iran: April 6 Mideast update

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(Read caption) US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (l.) talks with Saudi Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation Prince Khalid bin Sultan during a ceremony after Gates' arrival on Wednesday, April 6, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Gates arrived in the Saudi capital Wednesday for talks with King Abdullah on coping with the political upheaval sweeping the Arab world, blunting Iranian efforts to exploit the unrest, and upgrading the kingdom's defenses against Iranian missiles.

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As Libya's rebels were pushed out of Brega – their biggest territorial loss in a week – some began turning against NATO, claiming NATO was abandoning its military obligation to pursue diplomatic means of resolving the conflict. The rebels also accused NATO of not doing enough in Misratah, the sole western city under opposition control and the target of some of the heaviest fire from Qaddafi's forces.

NATO has replied that it is doing what it can, while still avoiding civilian deaths. Col. Muammar Qaddafi's troops have taken to locating their weaponry among civilians, making it impossible for NATO to sometimes strike. NATO officials have also vowed to make protection of those in Misratah a priority.



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