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By The Associated Press
Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to sell Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense weapons to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar for $11 billion.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, met on Monday at the Pentagon to sign the deal.

Qatar is a key ally and hosts a major American air operations center.

Qatar was instrumental in completing the deal that allowed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be released from Taliban captivity on May 31.

The United States in recent years has made improving the air defenses of its gulf allies a priority.

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