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US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned after less than two years in the top military post.

Nov 25, 2014 16:16 IST
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Chuck-HagelUS Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on 24 November 2014 resigned after remaining at the top military post for less than two years (February 2013 to November 2014). He will stay on as secretary until his successor is confirmed.

68 years old Hagel’s resignation came under pressure from the US President Barack Obama who asked him to quit, as Pentagon embarked a new strategy to deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and paid tribute to his class and integrity.

Hagel is the first Cabinet-level person to resign after Democratic Party lost majority in the Senate and Obama administration is struggling to deal with the militant group ISIS.

Chuck Hagel
• He was the 24th United States Secretary of Defence
• Between 1997 and 2009, he served as United States Senator from Nebraska
• Hagel is a Vietnam War veteran and former Republican senator and received two Purple Hearts as an infantry squad leader
• A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the United States Senate in 1996.
• He was reelected in 2002, but didn't run in 2008

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In October 2014, it was reported that Hagel was sharply critical of the US strategy against ISIS and in relation to the Syria regime. He raised questions about Obama’s strategy towards Syria in a two-page internal policy memo, which was leaked. The memo said that Obama’s policy was in jeopardy due to its failure to clarify its intentions towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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