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Pentagon chief Hagel leaves under pressure after less than 2 years
Pentagon chief Hagel leaves under pressure after less than 2 years

President Obama called Chuck Hagel “no ordinary secretary of Defense” as he announced Hagel’s resignation Monday, opening the way for a new Pentagon leader to confront evolving national security challenges in the final two years of Obama’s presidency. Hagel has been under pressure from the White House to step down, and White House officials have suggested that Obama sought new leadership in the U.S. campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Hagel, an enlisted soldier during the Vietnam War who rose to the rank of sergeant, developed a closeness with military men and women, Obama said in formal remarks from the White House. “He understands...

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