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Canadian soldiers assisting Syrian refugees return home

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Canadian soldiers return from Middle East to emotional reception
WATCH ABOVE: The first wave of troops involved in the resettling of Syrian refugees into Canada returned from the Middle East to CFB Gagetown Tuesday. Global's Andrew Cromwell was there for the emotional reunion and for one awaiting loved one, a big surprise – Jan 12, 2016

OROMOCTO, N.B. – The first of the Canadian troops sent to Lebanon and Jordan to assist with the processing of Syrian refugees destined for Canada have returned home.

Sixty-eight soldiers arrived to waiting family members this morning at Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.

They were among the 230 soldiers who left Canada in mid-November as part of Operation Provision.

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They were assisting with the federal government’s initiative to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of February.

Warrant Officer Stephen Mills says it was humbling to help young families, who had been in refugee camps, leave for a better life.

Major Drew Willis says it was heartwarming to see the faces of small children who knew they were heading to Canada.

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