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Chuck Hagel: Bowe Bergdahl deal was ‘last, best opportunity’ to ensure his freedom

Taliban swap for US soldier was ‘tough call’: Hagel (via AFP) Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel staunchly defended Wednesday the swap of five Taliban detainees for a US soldier as a “tough” but necessary move to secure Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s release. Facing a barrage of criticism from lawmakers, Hagel said the…

Pentagon chief: U.S. to increase military support to Poland and Baltic states

The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show “support” for its allies after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. “This morning the Defense Department is pursuing measures to support our allies,” including expanded aviation training in Poland and increasing…

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel seeks deal to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday he hoped an accord on the future US military presence in Afghanistan would be in place by November, despite President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to be rushed. “I hope we’ll have that agreement by the end of October, because we just can’t move without…

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