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Hagel confirmed as US secretary of defense

AFP, WASHINGTON

Despite Hagel’s impressive Vietnam War record, some Republicans insist his previous allegedly dovish position on Iran and supposedly lukewarm support for US-ally Israel disqualify him to be defense chief.

Although Hagel had a mostly conservative record as a senator, his Republican colleagues have never forgiven him for his outspoken criticism of former US president George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq war.

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