Today in the news: Hagel defends record

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Mount Shasta Herald

Quote of note

"America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world; that we must lead the international community to confront threats and challenges together; and that we must use all tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests. I believe, and always have believed, that America must engage in the world -- not retreat -- but engage in the world. My record is consistent on these points." - Scott Hagel, at confirmation hearing to become President Barack Obama's next defense secretary.

News to know

Syria has threatened to retaliate for an Israeli airstrike, the Associated Press reports. U.S. officials say the airstrike was carried out by Isreali forces inside the Syrian border and was aimed at a convoy believed to be carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group.

Iran, an ally of Syria, has said that Israel will regret the airstrike. The United Nations is concerned by the aristrike, but is unable to independently verify details of the attack.

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