March 8 - Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on his first trip abroad as defense secretary, seeking to make his own assessment of America's longest war as it enters its final stretch. Mana Rabiee reports.
Chuck Hagel landed in Afghanistan Friday for his first trip abroad as U.S, Secretary of Defense. The newly-appointed defense chief arrived in Kabul only days after his swearing in -- on an unannounced visit to make his OWN assessment of America's longest war as it enters its final stretch. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saying: "I need to better understand what's going on there. I need to talk to, listen to, get a good sense from our commanders on the ground." Now he'll meet with US and allied commanders, as well as hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Among his top priorities: helping to decide how large a US military footprint to keep in Afghanistan once NATO wraps up its combat mission at the end of next year.