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Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, resigns

  • US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned from his post, spending less than two years at the key position in the Obama administration, according to media reports. 

    Confirming the move, US President Barack Obama praised Hagel’s “class and integrity.”

    The 68-year-old former Republican senator and war veteran said serving as the top defence official had been his “greatest privilege.”

    There have been earlier reports of Hagel not being on the same page as the Obama administration on the strategy to combat Islamic State.

     

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