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US Military has more suicides than battle fatalities in 2009 7, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations.
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More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.

As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show.

For sure it’s a blunt statistic but it is nevertheless fascinating. Read the rest of the article here.

Hat tip: the Arabist

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