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(NEWSER) – President Obama on Friday decided to ask Chuck Hagel to step down, White House officials tell the New York Times, which reports that the president will announce the defense secretary's exit in a Rose Garden appearance today.

The sources say the move follows two weeks of meetings that Hagel initiated, and one characterized the decision as one that was mutually agreed upon. As the Times put it, the decision is "a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ."

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