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U.S. Army officer says relief effort up and running in Haiti

January 15, 2010 |  5:51 am

A high-ranking U.S. Army officer says more than 300 American military personnel have arrived in Haiti to help stabilize the country and "push out relief supplies" to earthquake survivors.

Lt. Gen. Ken Keen said over 300 uniformed troops from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived at the Port-au-Prince airport overnight and others have arrived on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. Keen told ABC's "Good Morning America" that Haitians "are in need of everything," food, water, shelter, medicine.

Keen said "we have much more support on the way. Our priority is getting relief out to the needy people, to mitigate the suffering that the Haitian people are experiencing right now." He said he couldn't comment on reports the U.S. military presence in Haiti could soon reach 5,000 troops.

-- Associated Press

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