Thousands of British soldiers Awol because of Iraq war mental health problems


British soldiers in Basra, Iraq, cartoonFrom the Independent in Britain:

British soldiers ‘go Awol because Army ignores mental health problems’

By Ian Herbert

Published: 26 March 2007

Thousands of British soldiers have gone absent without leave since 2003 because the Army is unwilling to accept the gravity of mental problems caused by their tours in Iraq.

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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  1. Pingback: UK: Blair’s own ‘Defence’ Department confirms 655,000 deaths in Iraq | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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