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** FILE ** In this July 31, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. Hagel is suggesting Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, that the Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in case President Barack Obama decides to order military strikes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

** FILE ** In this July 31, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. Hagel is suggesting Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, that the Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in case President Barack Obama decides to order military strikes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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