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Soldier suicide rates high on missions abroad

The Local · 4 Sep 2011, 14:37

Published: 04 Sep 2011 14:37 GMT+02:00

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German magazine Der Spiegel said one in every five deaths of Bundeswehr troops abroad was actually by their own hands.

A Defence Ministry spokesman would not reply to a request for comment by news agency DPA, but a page on the Bundeswehr's website dated at the end of August gives precise figures.

Since 1992, when the German armed forces began engaging in foreign assignments, 99 soldiers have died. Out of that number, 19 took their own lives.

The mission in Afghanistan has been the deadliest by far, costing 52 soldiers their lives. Seven German soldiers have been killed in foreign operations this year.

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16:09 September 5, 2011 by William Thirteen
why are we still in Afghanistan? To prop up the corrupt puppet government? how many deaths in Germany have been caused by Afghani 'terrorists'? why are the lives of these young people being wasted in a foreign adventure years after Al Qaeda has been rooted out of Afghanistan and taken up position in Pakistan?
19:10 September 5, 2011 by Major B
Suicides are horrible. That is especially so for military young members.

Germany is indeed fortunate to have sufferred so few military deaths since the inception of the Bundeswehr.
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