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US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has made visits to counterparts in the Middle East, as well as US military bases, as he continues his tour of the region. While in Manama, Bahrain, Hagel met with the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, as well as Saudi Arabia’s deputy Minister of Defense, Prince Salman bin Sultan, and Bahraini Minister of State for Defense, Lt-Gen Dr Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al-Khalif.

US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2nd-R) walks to speak to U.S. troops at the Kandahar air base, on December 8, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel thanked the troops for their dedication and for being deployed during the holiday season. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to US troops, on December 8, 2013 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel thanked them for their hard work and being deployed for the holidays. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R), meets with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foriegn Affairs Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, on December 6, 2013 in Manama, Bahrain. Secretary Hagel is visiting Bahrain while on a six day trip to the middle east, and is scheduled to speak at the Manama Dialogue Regional Security Summit tomorrow. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L), greets Saudi Arabia Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Salman bin Sultan, before a meeting at the Radisson Hotel, on December 6, 2013 in Manama, Bahrain. Secretary Hagel is visiting Bahrain while on a six day trip to the middle east, and is scheduled to speak at the Manama Dialogue Regional Security Summit tomorrow. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) is greeted by Amb. James B. Cunningham (C) and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford (L), after arriving on a C17 Military aircraft, on December 7, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel made a stop in Afghanistan during his six-day trip to the Middle East. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) is welcomed to Bahrain by Minister of State for Defense, Lt-Gen Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalif (R) on December 5, 2013 in Manama, Bahrain. Secretary Hagel is on a six-day trip to the middle east before returning to Washington. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to US troops at the Kandahar air base, on December 8, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel thanked the troops for their dedication and for being deployed during the holiday season. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Afghanistan military leaders, on December 8, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel also met with US troops and thanked them for their dedication and for being deployed for the holidays. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has his picture taken with U.S. Marine Jessica Pantoja while visiting with troops, on December 8, 2013 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel thanked them for their dedication and for being deployed for the holidays. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to US troops, on December 8, 2013 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel thanked them for their dedication and for being deployed for the holidays. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel disembarks from a C17 Military aircraft on December 7, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel made a stop in Afghanistan during his six-day trip to the Middle East. (Getty Images)
US Secretary of Defense visits the MidEast
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to military service members aboard the USS Ponce on December 6, 2013 in Manama, Bahrain. Secretary Hagel is on a six-day trip to the middle east before returning to Washington. The Ponce was recently refitted and converted to a staging base for mine countermeasures helicopters and carries a laser weapons system. (Getty Images)