Hagel's Afghan 'transition' visit rocked by suicide bomb attacks
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division at Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday.
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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Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:00 am.