Hagel's Afghan 'transition' visit rocked by suicide bomb attacks

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Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:00 am

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began his first international trip as Pentagon chief in Kabul as suicide bombings today overshadowed preparations for what he called a “responsible transition” in the Afghan war.

A suicide bomber struck in Kabul outside the Afghan Defense Ministry as Hagel met with U.S. officials at a military base in the capital. NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, confirmed the attack. Another suicide bomber hit a police checkpoint in Khost in eastern Afghanistan and in all 18 people were killed in both assaults, according to the Associated Press.

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