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US worried by troop suicides

Washington, Oct. 16 (Reuters): At least 13 US troops have committed suicide in Iraq, representing more than 10 per cent of American non-combat deaths there, and the army dispatched a suicide-prevention expert to assess the problem, officials said today.

At least 11 US Army soldiers have committed suicide during Iraq operations, most with self-inflicted gunshot wounds, and two Marines have committed suicide using firearms, officials said. One official said “a few more” Army deaths were being investigated as possible suicides.

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