The Takeaway: Hagel: “I don’t think we can afford to abandon Iraq”

Highlights: In new Al-Monitor podcast, former secretary of defense also expresses concern about open-ended combat missions, describes his relationship with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and explains why he backs Joe Biden for president. And more on Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.

al-monitor Then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sits next to Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Sisi during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Cairo, Egypt, April 24, 2013. Photo by Reuters/Jim Watson/Pool.