WASHINGTON – President Obama mobilized US military might on Friday to provide emergency aid to Japan after the earthquake and tsunami he described as ‘simply heartbreaking’.
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The United States, which has nearly 40,000 military personnel in Japan, has ordered a flotilla including two aircraft carriers and support ships to the region to provide aid. Mr Obama offered condolences in a telephone call to Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan and promised ‘whatever assistance is needed’.
Hundreds were dead or missing in Japan following Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake — the largest in Japan’s history — and the accompanying tsunami.