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Hagel Meets With Team That Rescued US Soldier Held Captive By Taliban

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According to a U.S. official, Hagel thanked them and told them they represented the true spirit of never leaving a comrade behind.

They largely kept out of sight. But as the special operations forces walked past their body armor and occasional beards and less clean-cut looks made it evident who they were.

Hagel told them that while they participated in an important mission they do many other jobs that often go unrecognized.

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