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Hagel lands in Kabul amid chaos over security deal

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday amid a stand-off between the US and Afghan leaders over a security agreement that President Hamid Karzai is still refusing to sign.

US-Israel arms deal sends `clear signal` to Iran: Hagel

A major US arms deal with Israel sends a "very clear signal" to Tehran that military action remains an option to stop it from going nuclear, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters on Sunday.

Pentagon chief heads to Israel after US arms deal unveiled

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed to Israel on Sunday in a weeklong trip to the Middle East that will be dominated by worries over Iran`s nuclear program and Syria`s raging civil war.