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Review of photo ban on coffins ordered

February 11, 2009

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— Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered a review Tuesday of a Pentagon policy banning media from taking pictures of flag-draped coffins of military dead, signaling he was open to overturning the policy to better honor fallen soldiers.

At least two Democratic senators have called on President Barack Obama to let news photographers attend ceremonies at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and other military facilities when military remains are returned to the United States. Obama told reporters Monday he was reviewing the ban.

“I’m pretty open to whatever the results of this review may be,” Gates told reporters at a Pentagon news conference Tuesday.

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