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Chuck Hagel in the Middle East as defense secretary .

Chuck Hagel and Bibi Netanyahu shaked hands in Israel. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

Chuck Hagel and Bibi Netanyahu shaked hands in Israel. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

On his first Middle East visit as Pentagon chief, Hagel planned stops in Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Each is a longstanding U.S. security partner and each is concerned by the threat of Syria’s collapse and Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon. READ MORE HERE