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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, walks on the tarmac with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, left, during his arrival to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, Sunday, June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, POOL)

    Hagel meets with team that rescued Bergdahl

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with more than a dozen members of the special operations team that participated in the rescue of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl), an American soldier held by the Taliban.


  • Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

    Bergdahl release raises questions over security, congressional authority

    As a prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration's insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier's release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: Captive's life was in danger

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials believed the soldier's life was in danger.


  • Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the release of her son, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Questions loom over Bergdahl-Taliban swap

    The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his release, recently seeking to fracture the Taliban network by making its leaders fear a faster deal with underlings could prevent the freedom they sought for five of their top officials, American officials told The Associated Press.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: U.S. didn't negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl's release

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Singapore. Hagel warned an international security conference Saturday that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel spars with China over territorial disputes

    China's aggressive moves to claim jurisdiction over land and sky in the Asia-Pacific risk undermining peace and security in the region and beyond, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday. Beijing scoffed at the "groundless" charges.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, right, at the start of their meeting Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Singapore. Hagel traveled to Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel looks to more Asia travel this year

    Critics may question the depth of the Obama administration's new focus on Asia, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending a lot of time in the region.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, right, Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Singapore. Hagel traveled to Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: Russia aggressive actions galvanized NATO

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia's aggressive action in Ukraine was -- quote -- "a jarring gong of reality" that galvanized NATO allies.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, right, before their meeting, Friday, May 30, 2014 in Singapore. Also joining them are Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, right, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hagel is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning an international security conference that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.


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