Chuck Hagel - updates

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US military's job 'not over' in Afghanistan: Hagel

Dec 08, 2014 - 3:08 AM

Pentagon chief says it s crucial the United States and its partners ensure hard fought progress did not unravel as the US led force draws down to about 12 500 troops

Additional 1,000 US troops to stay in Afghanistan – Hagel

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:23 PM

President Barack Obama approves the move to add 1 000 more troops to the roster despite an earlier plan to limit the US force to a maximum of 9 800 troops in 2015

HAGEL. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 21 August 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

US Defense Secretary in Kabul as NATO war winds down

Dec 06, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Hagel tells reporters Afghanistan has come a long way over the past decade

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen in front of a display illustrating the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) formerly known as ISIS, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC USA, 16 September 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Obama nominates Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

Dec 06, 2014 - 2:32 PM

Carter who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate is named to replace Chuck Hagel who resigned under pressure last week

US President Barack Obama and Ashton Carter wait in the Oval Office doorway before entering the Roosevelt Room where the President announced Carter's nomination for Defense Secretary, Dec. 5, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

US Defense Secretary Hagel resigns

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:39 PM

2nd UPDATE A successor is yet to be named but Hagel remains defense secretary until a replacement is confirmed by the US Senate

HAGEL. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 21 August 2014. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

US, South Korea delay Seoul's wartime control of forces

Oct 24, 2014 - 8:24 AM

South Korea had been scheduled to take wartime control known as OPCON by the end of next year but now no new date for transferring OPCON will be set

North Korean soldiers (C) take photos towards a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) separating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom on July 27, 2014. Ed Jones/AFP

Turkey bombs Kurdish rebel targets in southeast

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Turkish F 16 jets dropped bombs late Monday October 13 on PKK targets in the village of Daglica in the Kurdish majority Hakkari province near the border with Iraq

Smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition ascends in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, as it seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, in Sanliurfa province, on October 13, 2014. Aris Messinis/AFP

Turkey says US can use air bases for ISIS fight – US official

Oct 13, 2014 - 8:40 AM

It comes as Turkey faces international pressure to step in to defend the mainly Kurdish Syrian border town of Kobane from ISIS jihadists

A picture taken from Turkey shows smoke rises after an airstrike by an alleged alliance war plane on Islamic State targets in the west of Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 08 October 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

Sep 27, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Modi gets to business quickly meeting New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and discussing disease treatment with the director of the National Cancer Institute Nobel laureate Harold Varmus

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on ISIS

Sep 18, 2014 - 6:59 AM

The US House of Representatives voted 273 to 156 to approve his plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels part of Obama s strategy to destroy ISIS

'NO SAFE HAVEN.' US President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

US general says 'advisors' could join Iraqi fight

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The White House scrambled to play down talk of US ground troops joining the battle after top US officer General Martin Dempsey said they could provide close combat advising to Iraqi forces

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) formerly known as ISIS, in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC USA, 16 September 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US calls for international coalition to 'destroy' IS

Sep 05, 2014 - 9:40 PM

US claims the formation of a new Iraqi government would be critical and adds it is hopeful this could happen over the coming days

COALITION. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls for the creation of a broad international coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Photo from AFP

Kerry calls for 'coalition of nations' in fighting ISIS

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:26 PM

The cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries The world can confront this scourge and ultimately defeat it says US Secretary of State John Kerry

'CANCER.' US Secretary of State John Kerry says President Barack Obama will put forward a plan for dealing with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq or ISIS. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

ISIS 'beyond anything we've seen'

Aug 22, 2014 - 10:36 AM

Hagel: They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess They are tremendously well funded This is beyond anything we have seen

HAGEL. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 21 August 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

Kid holding severed head brings grandfather to tears

Aug 12, 2014 - 9:53 AM

The seven year old boy s grandfather Peter Nettleton who is estranged from his daughter Tara the mother of the boy begged the government to help bring the boy and his siblings home

Australia to sign 25-year US Marine agreement

Aug 11, 2014 - 4:44 PM

The agreement will be inked Tuesday August 12 when US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meet with their Australian counterparts Julie Bishop and David Johnston in Sydney

HAGEL AND JOHNSTON. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and Australia's Defense Minister David Johnston give a press conference in Sydney, Australia, 11 August 2014. Rob Griffith/EPA

Kerry in Australia with deeper military cooperation on agenda

Aug 11, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Regional security issues in Southeast Asia and the Pacific will be discussed in Tuesday s talks along with Myanmar and Northeast Asia

KERRY IN SYDNEY. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop land in Sydney, Australia for an Australia-U.S. diplomatic and defense meeting on August 11, 2014. State Department photo/ Public Domain

Taliban swap for US soldier was tough call: Hagel

Jun 12, 2014 - 8:20 AM

We made the right decision and we did it for the right reasons – to bring home one of our own people a defiant Hagel tells the House Armed Services Committee

HAGEL. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appears before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the transfer of 5 senior Taliban detainees that freed US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, June 11, 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

G7 concerned by Asian maritime tensions

Jun 05, 2014 - 12:46 PM

The leaders state oppose any unilateral attempt by any party to assert its territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation coercion or force

WORKING DINNER. Members of the G7 attend a working dinner at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 04 June 2014. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

China fires water cannon at another Vietnam ship

Jun 03, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Vietnamese ship was severely damaged reports the state run China National Radio while Chinese Internet users applaud how Beijing has dealt with Hanoi

White House defends release of Taliban detainees, Afghans upset

Jun 02, 2014 - 10:31 PM

The deal sparked revulsion among Afghans in those parts of the country traditionally opposed to the Islamists

BERGDAHL FAMILY. Bob Bergdahl (C) speaks about the release of his son Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as his wife Jani Bergdahl (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) look on, Washington, DC, USA, May 31, 2014. John Harrington/EPA

'New opening' for US-Taliban talks possible – Hagel

Jun 01, 2014 - 10:16 PM

The US Defense Secretary hopes the prisoner swap can be a new opening to an agreement between the US and Taliban

NEW OPENING. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hopes the release of a US soldier for 5 Taliban prisoners can usher in talks between the US and the Taliban. Agence France-Presse file photo

China denounces US, Japan for 'provocative' remarks

Jun 01, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Diverting from his prepared remarks Wang told a top Asian security forum that the speeches of the top US and Japanese officials were unacceptable

SUMMIT. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joins hands with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on the second day of the 13th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, May 31, 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

US rebukes Thai coup-makers, urges immediate elections

May 31, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Until elections are held the US will suspend military assistance and engagements with Thailand

BRING BACK DEMOCRACY. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Thai coup leaders to release detainees and hold elections as soon as possible. EPA photo

US accuses China of 'destabilizing' acts in South China Sea

May 31, 2014 - 9:50 AM

The United States will not look the other way when fundamental principles of the international order are being challenged says the US Defense Secretary

WARNING TO CHINA. Though the US will not claim sides in Southeast Asian territorial disputes, US Defense Secretary Chuch Hagel says, 'we firmly oppose any nation's use of intimidation, coercion, or the threat of force to assert these claims.' Agence France-Presse file photo

Rebels in east Ukraine claim landslide vote for independence

May 12, 2014 - 6:57 AM

The polls say 89 of voters cast ballots in favor of self rule in the Donetsk province according to the insurgents self styled electoral commission

No US troops to aid search for Nigeria schoolgirls: Hagel

May 12, 2014 - 12:25 AM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel was far from upbeat about chances of finding the girls

Hagel warns Americans of the risks of isolationism

May 07, 2014 - 10:20 AM

Hagel acknowledged Americans were wary of foreign commitments but said the costs of pulling back from the world would carry even bigger risks

REACHING OUT. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina with during their revision of the humanitarian exercise known as 'Beyond the Horizon' in Zacapa, Guatemala, April 25, 2014. Presidency of Guatemala/EPA

Hagel: PH-US war games 'important to regional security'

May 06, 2014 - 3:39 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel calls Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to congratulate and thank him on the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA

REGIONAL SECURITY. US Defense Chief Chuck Hagel says the Balikatan war games are important to regional security. AFP file phot

Russia assures US it will not invade Ukraine

Apr 29, 2014 - 9:04 AM

In a phone conversation Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reassures US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who in turn urges an end to Russia s destabiliziing influence inside Ukraine

Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

Apr 21, 2014 - 2:04 PM

US President Barack Obama will embark on his fifth visit as president to Asia when he lands in Japan on Wednesday April 23


Moving ASEAN-US security relations to a new level?

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Quintos and Teodoro: The US views ASEAN as a central and strategic player not only in the US rebalance to Asia [also] in the building of a strong and credible regional security architecture

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) makes opening remarks during a ministerial roundtable April 2, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Secretary Hagel is in Hawaii to host a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on April 1 to 3. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Hagel pushes US military ties with China's neighbor Mongolia

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:03 PM

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel endorses stronger military ties with Mongolia as it seeks a US partnership as a counterweight to its powerful neighbors Russia and China

Pentagon chief's visit exposes US-China divide

Apr 08, 2014 - 9:47 PM

China s defense minister General Chang Wanquan tells a joint news conference in Beijing it will not take the initiative to stir up troubles and blames Japan and the Philippines for tensions in the region

China shows off new aircraft carrier to US defense chief

Apr 07, 2014 - 8:25 AM

China plans to show off a new aircraft carrier to Chuck Hagel the US Defense Secretary on Monday

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US defense chief warns China over territorial claims

Apr 06, 2014 - 1:23 PM

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel departs for Beijing on Monday April 7


US seeks to reassure Japan amid Ukraine crisis fallout

Apr 05, 2014 - 3:42 PM

America would stand by its security commitments to Tokyo after Russia s intervention in Ukraine raised concerns in a region plagued by its own territorial disputes

ASSURANCE. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed America would stand by its security commitments to Japan. Photo by Mazen Mahdi/EPA

US urges ASEAN armies to prepare for more natural disasters

Apr 03, 2014 - 3:47 PM

US officials offer to help ASEAN countries get ready for the effects of climate change and urge better cooperation among armies and emergency agencies

ASEAN TOUR. Accompanied by Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Samuel Locklear (R), U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (4th L) participates in a tour with his counterparts from Southeast Asia, (L-R with blue caps) Defense Minister of Singapore Ng Eng Hen, Defense Minister of Myanmar Lieutenant General Wai Lwin, and Energy Minister of Brunei Pehin Dato Hj Mohammad Yasmin bin Umar April 2, 2014 at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Malaysia asks US for undersea surveillance gear in jet search

Mar 22, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel assured Malaysia he would assess the availability and utility of military undersea technology for the MH370 search

Russia promises not to attack east Ukraine: US

Mar 21, 2014 - 8:40 AM

Russia says it won t attack eastern Ukraine This was a promise by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to his US counterpart Chuck Hagel

PREPARING FOR THE WORST. A Ukrainian border guard digs trenches to strengthen the defense on the administrative border of Crimea and Ukraine not far Strilkove village, Kherson Region on March 17, 2014. Photo by Sergiy Gumenyuk / AFP

US ship withdraws from search for missing Malaysia jet

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Officials will take the USS Kidd off the search because the search area was now so extensive that using surveillance aircraft to look for the jet would be easier

USS KIDD. A handout image made available by the US Navy shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) as she transits the Pacific Ocean on February 9, 2012. MC3 KENNETH ABBATE/US Navy/EPA/Handout

Pentagon proposes to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level

Feb 25, 2014 - 6:57 AM

The spending plan is the first to fully reflect a transition away from a war footing that has been in place for 13 years says US Defense Sec Hagel

SMALLER MILITARY. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on his recommendations to President Barack Obama for the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon, Feb. 24, 2014. US Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/US Dept of Defense photo

US admiral nominated to be next NSA chief

Jan 31, 2014 - 9:07 AM

If confirmed by lawmakers Rogers would also take over as head of the military s cyber warfare command

MICHAEL ROGERS. This January 31, 2012 US Navy handout image shows Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of US Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, speaking at the Center for Information Dominance, Unit Monterey, California, during an all-hands call. Photo by MC1 Nathan L. Guimon/AFP/HO

US 'concerned' by Syria chemical weapons delay: Hagel

Jan 31, 2014 - 12:23 AM

Damascus had handed over less than 5 percent of the most dangerous chemicals in its armory according to the world s chemical watchdog

WEAPONS LACKING. During a 2-day visit to Poland, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) voiced concern over Syria's delay in handing over its chemical weapons arsenal. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pentagon chief affirms Qatar, US defense ties

Dec 10, 2013 - 8:21 PM

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel reaffirmed US military ties with Qatar during a regional tour aimed at shoring up Gulf alliances

TIES. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and his minister of state for defense in Doha where they renewed a defense agreement. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Kamarul Akhir

Drones, Taliban on agenda as Hagel heads to Pakistan

Dec 09, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Ties between Washington and Islamabad have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan s tribal belt as well as Afghan Taliban sanctuaries inside Pakistan s borders

TO PAKISTAN. US Defense chief Chuck Hagel in a file photo. Ramin Talaie/Getty Images/AFP

Afghan minister tells Hagel security pact will be signed

Dec 07, 2013 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED Washington and its allies have repeatedly appealed to President Hamid Karzai to sign the BSA which lays out the rules for US and NATO troops to operate in the country after 2014

ASSURANCE. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says he was assured by Afghan's defense minister on the signing of the (bilateral security agreement. Photo by Mazen Mahdi/EPA

Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power – US

Dec 07, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Hagel highlights an array of US weaponry and resources deployed in the region in his trip meant to assure Gulf allies wary of America s diplomatic opening with Iran

BACKED BY US. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. Photo by Mazen Mahdi/EPA

China 'monitored' US B-52 air zone flights

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:44 PM

Beijing s non confrontational response elicited scorn from some Chinese netizens as weak in the face of defiance but analysts said it may never have intended to impose the zone by force

DANGEROUS? A map of China's proposed air defense zone that includes disputed islands. Image from Xinhua's Twitter account

US challenges China's air defense zone with B-52 flight

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:56 AM

The flight of the giant Stratofortress planes sent a clear signal that Washington would push back against what it considers an aggressive stance by Beijing in the region