US hails Japan easing of restrictions on military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has hailed as “historic” a Japanese government decision to loosen restrictions on its military.


US selling $11 billion in arms to Qatar

(Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

The Pentagon is making an $11 billion sale of Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense weapons to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar (GUH’-tur).


Initial review of Iraq forces done; no decisions

(Hadi Mizban / Associated Press)

Pentagon leaders are now reviewing the military’s initial assessment of Iraq’s security forces and it may be some time before decisions are made about what additional assistance the U.S. should provide as the Baghdad government battles Sunni insurgents.