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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves as he boards (Credit: AP )

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves as he boards a military aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he traveled to Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel makes first trip to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan Friday for his first visit as Pentagon chief, saying that there are plenty of challenges ahead as NATO hands over the country's security to the Afghans.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, left, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Commander of the International Security Force, upon Hagel's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets U.S. troops stationed
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets U.S. troops stationed at Manas Air Force Base, Kyrgyzstan before he boarded a C-17 military aircraft en route to Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Marine
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, Commander of the International Security Force upon Hagel's arrival near Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, left, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, center, Commander of the International Security Force, upon Hagel's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves as he boards
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves as he boards a military aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he traveled to Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks with
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel walks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, left, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Commander of the International Security Force, upon Hagel's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to step aboard
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to step aboard a C-17 military aircraft en route to Kabul, Afghanistan, after greeting U.S. troops stationed at Manas Air Force Base in Kyrgyzstan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is greeted by U.S.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, center, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Commander of the International Security Force upon Hagel's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks member of the
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks member of the media aboard his military aircraft as they traveled between Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and Manas Air Force Base, Kyrgyzstan, en route to Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to the traveling
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to the traveling press aboard his military aircraft, traveling between Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and Manas Air Force Base, Kyrgyzstan, en route to Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel steps aboard a C-17
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel steps aboard a C-17 military aircraft before departing from Manas Air Force Base, Kyrgyzstan, en route to Kabul Afghanistan. (Mar. 8, 2013)

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