Hagel Makes First Trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon Chief -- Voice of America
PENTAGON — Chuck Hagel has made his first visit to Afghanistan as the U.S. secretary of defense.
The unannounced visit to the war zone comes only days after the former senator was sworn in as Pentagon chief, following a bruising battle for confirmation by the U.S. Senate, in which his political adversaries challenged his ability to do the job.
Hagel told reporters traveling with him the purpose of his visit is to thank U.S. troops - and to learn more about the mission ahead in Afghanistan.
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