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Ex-Defense Secretary: We must protect our country

'Stay Above It': Ex-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's call to preserve democracy.

Ex-Defense Secretary: We must protect our country

Hagel: Obama hurt his credibility

Former Defense Secretary criticizes President Obama for his failure to follow up on a warning to Syria about using chemical weapons.

Hagel: Obama hurt his credibility by failing to act in Syria

Pentagon Estimates 6,000 Jihadists Killed

American defense officials say about 6,000 jihadists killed in air strikes against ISIS. Hagel: Don't use "body counts" to measure progress.

Pentagon Estimates 6,000 Jihadists Have Been Killed

Obama Names Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary

President Obama names Ashton Carter to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

Obama Names Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary

Hagel: I Had No Major Differences with Obama

Outgoing Defense Secretary denies that differences with President Barack Obama led to his resignation.

Hagel: I Had No Major Differences with Obama

Obama to Nominate Ashton Carter to Replace Hagel

President Barack Obama reportedly poised to nominate Ashton Carter as next Defense Secretary.

Obama to Nominate Ashton Carter to Replace Hagel

Potential Replacement for Hagel Bows Out

Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, takes herself out of running to replace Chuck Hagel.

Potential Replacement for Hagel Bows Out of Race

American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

Chuck Hagel announces his resignation. Senior officials claim the decision to step down was made mutually by Obama and Hagel.

American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

100 ISIS Fighters Killed in Three Days

Kurdish forces continue to fend off jihadi advance, as US airstrikes continue despite fears they are aiding the regime.

100 ISIS Fighters Killed in Three Days as Kobane Battle Rages

US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

Senators and White House officials reveal Obama may get rid of Kerry and Hagel; Kerry 'untethered from the White House' like an astronaut.

US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

Deal: US to Sell Israel Squadron of F-35 Jets

$2.7 billion dollar deal to be deducted from US aid funds; deal announced amid high tensions in US-Israel relations.

Deal: US to Sell Israel Squadron of F-35 Stealth Jets

Ya'alon to Hagel: 'We're Worried About Iran Talks'

Defense minister asks what is being discussed in talks, 'are they talking about nuclear warhead-capable missiles?'

Ya'alon Tells Hagel: 'We're Worried About Iran Talks'

U.S. Confirms Apache Deliveries to Egypt

Defense Secretary Hagel speaks with Egyptian counterpart, confirms the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt.

U.S. Confirms Apache Deliveries to Egypt

Hagel: Weigh the Consequences of IS Operation

U.S. Defense Secretary says he will advise President Obama to consider how any operation against IS might end.

Hagel: We Need to Weigh Consequences of Operation Against IS

Biden: We'll Follow IS to the Gates of Hell

U.S. Vice President warns the Islamic State after it beheads a second journalist.

Biden: We'll Follow IS to the Gates of Hell

'Moderate' Rebels Scoff at US Threats Against ISIS

Obama Administration's threats against Islamic State in Syria a mere 'tickle' to the terrorist group, Free Syrian Army spokesman says.

Syria: 'Moderate' Rebels Scoff at US Threats Against ISIS

Hagel: IS an 'Imminent Threat'

U.S. Defense Secretary says the Islamic State poses an “imminent threat” to the United States and may take years to defeat.

Hagel: IS an 'Imminent Threat'

Hagel: Bergdahl Trade 'In the US's Best Interests'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defends controversial prisoner swap to Congress, claims ends justify the means in saving soldier's life.

Hagel: Bergdahl Trade 'In the US's Best Interests'player

Taliban Welcomes 'Victory' After US Exchange

Taliban leader issues rare public statement congratulating Islamists over US terrorist release; Afghan government livid over the swap.

Taliban Welcomes 'Victory' After US Exchangeplayer

Netanyahu Urges 'Not To Let Ayatollahs Win'

Binyamin Netanyahu, Chick Hagel meet over concerns about Iran's nuclear program, says neither surprised about UN report.

PM Urges International Community 'Not To Let Ayatollahs Win'

Hagel Meets US, Israeli Soldiers

Chuck Hagel gives troop talk to U.S. and Israeli troops taking part in the Juniper Cobra 14 exercise at Hatzor Airbase.

Hagel Meets US, Israeli Soldiers

Hagel Dismisses Reports Israel Spied on US

'I have heard about the report and I am unaware of any facts that would support it,' says visiting US Secretary of Defense.

Hagel Dismisses Reports Israel Spied on US

Hagel in Jordan Amid Joint Military Exercises

U.S. Defense Secretary makes lightning visit to Jordan as the American and Jordanian armies hold joint exercises.

Hagel in Jordan Amid Joint Military Exercises

Hagel to Travel to Israel, Discuss Iran and Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary will fly to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel for talks on Iran's nuclear program and Syria's civil war.

Hagel to Travel to Israel, Discuss Iran and Syria

Ya'alon: I Did Not Intend to Insult the U.S.

Defense Minister speaks to Defense Secretary Hagel, clarifies his remarks on Iran were not meant to insult the United States.

Ya'alon to Hagel: I Did Not Intend to Insult the U.S.

Ya'alon to Hagel: Iran Arming Terror Groups

U.S. Defense Secretary speaks to Defense Minister Ya’alon, congratulates him on the successful operation to capture the Klos C.

Ya'alon to Hagel: Iran Funding and Arming Terror Groups

US Army Cut To Smallest Since Pre-World War II

New budget has army at smallest size since 1940, shunning traditional wisdom to prepare for two simultaneous conventional war fronts.

US Army Cut To Smallest Size Since Pre-World War II

Ya'alon: 'Obsessive' US Is 'Our Greatest Friend'

After previously calling Kerry 'obsessive' and 'messianic,' Ya'alon meets Hagel and emphasizes shared values while softening tone.

Ya'alon: 'Obsessive' US Is 'Our Greatest Friend'

Hagel Phones Yaalon, Reiterates Commitment on Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary calls Israeli Defense Minister to continue their "close consultations on shared regional security challenges."

Hagel Phones Yaalon, Reiterates Commitment on Iran

Hagel: We Still Support 'Moderate' Rebels

Hagel says his country will withhold non-lethal assistance to the rebels until it can assess who is in control of arms depots.

Hagel: We Still Support 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels

Hagel In Pakistan To Ease Drone Strike Tensions

In 1st visit by a US Sec'y of Defense in 4 years, Hagel arrives in Pakistan amid tensions over US drone strikes, concern over Afghanistan.

Hagel In Pakistan To Ease Drone Strike Tensions

Hagel Concerned Over New Egypt Protest Law

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel phones his Egyptian counterpart, voices concerns about new law that curbs protests.

Hagel Expresses Concern Over New Egypt Protest Law

Kerry: Deal 'Best Chance' to Stop Nuclear Iran

After meeting with defense officials, Kerry still backs precarious Iran deal, but also vows not to let Iran 'buy time.'

Kerry: Deal 'Best Chance' to Stop Nuclear Iran

Yaalon at Defense Ministers' Parley in Canada

Moshe Ya'alon travels to Canada for conference of defense ministers, will meet various officials including US Defense Minister Hagel.

Yaalon at Defense Ministers' Conference in Canada

U.S. to Keep Patriot Missiles in Turkey

The United States will keep two Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for another year, says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

U.S. to Keep Patriot Missiles in Turkey

Hagel Credits Israel with Bringing Iran to Table

"I think that Iran is responding to the constant pressure from Israel, knowing that Israel believes them to be an existential threat.”

Hagel Credits Israel with Bringing Iran to the Table

Hagel Rushes V-22 Sale to Israel Amid Syria Strike

The American Secretary of Defense gave orders to hurry the military aircraft delivery 1 day after IAF strikes missile transfer in Syria.

Hagel Expedites V-22 Sale to Israel Amid Syria Strikes

Hagel: Failure in Syria Hurts Our Credibility

Hagel to Senate committee: Failure to take action in Syria's will damage America's pledge to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Hagel: Failure to Act in Syria Hurts Our Credibility on Iran

Hagel and Yaalon Discuss Egypt and Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with his Israeli counterpart about Egypt, Iran and the ongoing violence in Syria.

Hagel and Yaalon Discuss Egypt and Syria

Hagel: US Ability to Influence Egypt 'Limited'

Chuck Hagel said that Washington was doing its best to stabilize the situation in Egypt, but there was only so much the U.S. could do

Hagel: US Ability to Influence Egypt 'Limited'