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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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CNN reports:

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.


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