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Qatar, U.S. sign $11bn weapons agreement

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Qatar has agreed to buy $11 billion worth of defense equipment from the United States, in what could be the western nation’s largest arms deal of 2014.

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According to AFP, this is the first time Qatar is buying US Patriot missiles, which several of its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, already own.

Citing anonymous U.S. officials, the newswire said the deal entailed the purchase of about 10 batteries for Patriot systems to sink incoming missiles, 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles.

The deal was reached during a meeting on Monday between Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

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