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URGENT ¥¥¥ US Defense Secretary Hagel in Kabul on surprise visit

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New US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel landed in Afghanistan on Friday on an unannounced visit nine days after he was sworn into office, vowing to ensure a successful withdrawal of international troops.

"We have a lot of big issues and challenges ahead as we prepare for a responsible transition," he told reporters on his plane before landing on Friday evening in the Afghan capital.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/urgent-us-defense-secretary-hagel-kabul-surprise-visit