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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing for members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Barack Obama seeks congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing for members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Barack Obama seeks congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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