U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference about the effects of the 'sequester' on military operations, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, March 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Hagel in Afghanistan for first trip abroad as defense chief
Posted : Friday, 08 March 2013 11:18AM
KABUL (Reuters) - Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Friday for his first trip abroad as defense secretary, seeking to make his own assessment about America's longest war as it enters its final stretch.
"I need to better understand what's going on," Hagel told reporters as he flew into Kabul on the unannounced visit, adding his goal was to "make my own assessment and listen to our commanders."
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