U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to step down says NYT

After disagreements on how to combat ISIS

(ANSA) - New York, November 24 - United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, the New York Times reported Monday citing Pentagon sources.
    President Barack Obama will make a formal announcement later in the day, according to the Times.
    Hagel, 68, is the sole Republican on the Democratic president's national defense team. Obama reportedly asked for his resignation after the collapse of the Democratic majority in Congress following midterm elections, and also reflects disagreements over how to carry on the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) fundamentalists in Iraq and Syria, the newspaper wrote.


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