Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel10 posts
29 Oct, 2014

‘New world order’

Makes Statement

Hagel says ISIS is reordering global geopolitics:

I think we are living through one of these historic, defining times. I think we are seeing a new world order. What we’re seeing in the Middle East with ISIL is going to require a steady, long-term effort. It’s going to require coalitions of common interests, which we are forming.

28 Oct, 2014

Blanket quarantine possible for troops

The Pentagon says Hagel is considering a 21-day quarantine-like policy for all troops returning from west Africa, recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Pentagon says there is no event to trigger the policy and that Hagel will take his time considering it.

19 Oct, 2014

Military preps domestic response team

Hagel orders the 30-member team to prepare in line with a Department of Health and Human Services request. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby:

[The team is] an added, prudent measure to ensure our nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases.

The team’s members will be selected and led by Northern Command Commander Gen. Chuck Jacoby.

Local forces to fight ISIS

Military Action

Hagel says that the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria will depend on local opposition:

The best counterweight against Isil are local forces

U.S. troops will not engage the group directly:

American forces will not have a combat mission.

He says U.S. forces in Iraq will operate out of Baghdad and Irbil, for a total of about 1,600 troops. will support Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training grounds for more than 5,000 Syrian opposition forces, who will be given small arms, vehicles and communications equipment and training:

We would be prepared to provide increasingly [sophisticated] types of assistance.

The U.S. will select the Syrian opposition carefully:

A rigorous vetting process would be critical to the success of this program. There will always be risks. But we believe that risk is justified.

Approves Syrian airstrikes

Military Action

Defense Secretary Hagel tells the Senate that he has approved a plan to conduct ‘targeted actions against [ISIS] safe havens in Syria.’

General Dempsey and I have both reviewed and approved the Cent Com plan.

This includes striking infrastructure. He says the U.S. has carried out more than 160 airstrikes so far, which have ‘disrupted’ ISIS.

7 Sep, 2014

Airstrikes protect dam

The U.S. launches airstrikes to protect the Haditha dam. The dam is located in Anbar province in the country’s west, where local volunteers are fighting to prevent a takeover by ISIS. Defense Secretary Hagel:

If militants seize the dam or if that dam would be destroyed, the damage that that would cause would be very significant and it would put a significant additional and big risk into the mix in Iraq.

He says the strikes don’t represent an expansion of U.S. military operations.

16 Jul, 2014

Hagel: Detainees to Uraguay

Hagel gives Congress notice that the military will transfer 6 Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay. He believes the transfer is in the national security interest of the United States, and will proceed despite political unrest. This notice abides by the law to alert Congress at least 30 days before any transfer. The move is set to be complete in August. The chosen detainees will be the largest group to depart since 2009, leaving the Guantánamo Bay population to 143.

1 Jun, 2014

Flies to Afghanistan

Announcement

Hagel flies to Afghanistan for discussions with current U.S. Commanders. During his visit, Hagel plans to get updated information on Afghanistan’s well-being and their military progress. Currently, 10,000 U.S. troops remain stationed, and Hagel plans to talk with them about the release of Bergdahl. Hagel will also continue to discuss with commanders and various defense ministers about the plans to continue rebuilding Afghanistan and decreasing U.S. presence. This is Hagel’s third trip.

 

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