US soldiers’ suicides in Afghanistan rising

This video from the USA says about itself:

Dr. Ira Katz, the VA’s mental health chief, tried to cover up rising number of veteran suicides.

From The Hartford Courant in the USA:


Soldier Suicides In Afghanistan Rose Sharply Last Year


January 14, 2009

Soldiers in Afghanistan committed suicide in record numbers in 2008, in step with a dramatic spike in combat deaths in the country, new military figures show.

Seven Army soldiers committed suicide in Afghanistan last year, compared with 15 suicides in total during the previous 75 months of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to figures from the Defense Manpower Data Center.

Col. Elspeth Ritchie, a top Army psychiatrist, said military officials during the past several years have tracked an increase in mental health problems among soldiers serving in Afghanistan. In 2004, she said, anxiety and depression were far less common among soldiers in Afghanistan, compared with those in Iraq. But by 2007 and early 2008, soldiers in Afghanistan were suffering depression and anxiety at the same rates as their counterparts in Iraq, she said.

“In Afghanistan, there are considerable barriers for providers getting to the troops due to the difficulties in travel and weather, compared to Iraq,” Ritchie said.

MoD launches friendly fire investigation into deaths of two British soldiers in Afghanistan: here.

More civilian casualties in Afghanistan: here.

Afghans Feel Ill Effects of Rising Air Pollution: here.

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