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January 31, 2013

Hagel in the hot seat

Defense nominee gets grilled, in US Senate and online.
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, faced questions from his former Senate colleagues at a highly publicised confirmation hearing.

Since his nomination, Hagel has faced intense scrutiny over his views on foreign policy. Many in Washington have accused him of appeasing Iran and insufficient support for the state of Israel.

Hagel's nomination has prompted contentious debate online. The Senate Armed Services committee questioned Hagel on a variety of issues, and netizens in the US followed closely. #Hagel trended in the United States: