From the Independent in Britain:
British soldiers ‘go Awol because Army ignores mental health problems’
By Ian Herbert
Published: 26 March 2007
The Ministry of Defence estimates there have been 10,000 Awol incidents since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and 1,100 servicemen are currently “on the run” from the Army.
One soldier tells the BBC’s Panorama programme tonight that he went absent without leave – a crime punishable by life imprisonment – after being refused compassionate leave, despite suffering from flashbacks and lack of sleep after a tour in which he saw a comrade killed.
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