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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, stands in front of MRAP vehicles after speaking with U.S. troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Hagel spoke with U.S. troops and thanked them for being deployed for the holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, stands in front of MRAP vehicles after speaking with U.S. troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Hagel spoke with U.S. troops and thanked them for being deployed for the holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

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