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Hagel's exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided
Hagel's exit from Pentagon still leaves administration divided

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation Monday amid pressure from the White House clears the way for a new Pentagon leader but still leaves the administration divided over the issues that helped lead to his downfall – most notably how to approach the intertwined problems of the Islamic State militants and the civil war in Syria. Hagel’s exit starkly illustrates how much national security priorities have shifted in the past two years. When he was appointed, administration officials expected him to focus on ending expensive ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and handling a massive budget retrenchment at the Pentagon. In an announcement at the White House, Obama...

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