Nightly News   |  March 09, 2013

Hagel makes first trip to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received a not-so-warm welcome on his first trip to Afghanistan. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> overseas defense secretary chuck hagel received a not so warm welcome on his first trip to afghanistan. two suicide attacks rocked that country today. one in the eastern city of khost. another only about a mile away from where hagel was leading with coalition leaders in kabul . nbc's mike taibbi is in kabul for us tonight. good evening, mike.

>> reporter: good evening, lester. it happened just before 9:00 a.m . kabul time. a lone suicide bomber rode in on a bicycle. but only got close enough to the afghan defense ministry to attack and impact civilians. nine were killed, 14 were injured. the taliban later said the attack was a message for defense secretary hagel , who was in a secure briefing at the time, miles away in the edge of the city. hagel said later said that he hear the explosion but it didn't interrupt either his briefing or his itinerary. he went up to bagram air base and met with coalition commanders there, then went to jalalabad to visit with troops from the 101st airborne . tomorrow another full day, further briefing on the training for the afghan army , important with afghans now responsible for 90% of their own security. and then meetings with afghan economic and military leaders, and a sit-down with afghan president hamid karzai . among the problems still to be addressed, the continuing security problems, and prospects for peace talks with the taliban, which at the moment are nowhere in sight. lester?

>> mike taibbi for us in kabul . mike, thanks.