“Stressed Out” Soldier Kills Five In Iraq (UPDATED)
UPDATE: Contrary to earlier reports, the soldier did not kill himself but was overpowered and taken into U.S. custody.
A US soldier described as being “stressed out” shot and killed five fellow soldiers at Camp Liberty in Iraq (r), before turning the gun on himself.
The toll was the highest for U.S. personnel in a single attack since April 10, when a suicide truck driver killed five American soldiers with a blast near a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul.
The shooting occurred at 2pm Iraq time. Three others were wounded during this incident.
The U.S. has been criticized over its lack of psychological support for members of the military returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there have been reports, including interviews with service members, that indicate U.S. military commanders have in the past placed a stigma upon any military personnel who claimed they were suffering from PTSD.
However, the situation in this area has been improving as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have continued, so it is particularly tragic that this would occur in a “stress clinic” in Camp Liberty itself.Click here for reuse options!
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