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Hagel draws fire as Obama's Pentagon pick

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US President Barack Obama named Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon, setting up an ugly confirmation battle as Republican opponents said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on Iran. 

US President Barack Obama (L) listens to Chuck Hagel (2nd L), his nominee for the post of Defense Secretary at the White House in Washington, DC, January 7, 2013. Obama named Hagel to lead the Pentagon, setting up an ugly confirmation battle as Republican opponents said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on Iran.

Obama's choice of John Brennan to replace scandal-tainted David Petraeus as CIA chief was seen as more straightforward despite the counterterrorism czar's defense of "enhanced interrogation techniques" and the US drone war.

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