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A picture dated on July 22, 2012 shows Syrian refugees walking on July 22, 2012 to the Oncupinar refugee camp in Kilis near the Syrian border. AFP Photo

A picture dated on July 22, 2012 shows Syrian refugees walking on July 22, 2012 to the Oncupinar refugee camp in Kilis near the Syrian border. AFP Photo

The U.S. Armed Forces recently sent soldiers to Turkey amid the incidents in Syria and the soldiers deployed in Turkey have been sharing intelligence, U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling has said, according to USNews.com.

"We have had a relatively few number of U.S. Army Europe personnel in Turkey recently," the general said. "Some of that has been sharing intelligence."

Turkey is concerned about how to handle the humanitarian crisis on its border with Syria, Hertling added.

"It's October. What [Turkey is] very concerned about is the approach of winter, and the way they can address the humanitarian crisis on the border," Hertling said.

If Turkey asks for corporation, American soldiers could be used in evacuation operations, the general said. “However, no request has been made yet by Turkey.”

October/25/2012

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