16 US troops commit suicide in Iraq
September 8th 2008
Sixteen US troops from the a unit of the Airborne Division have committed
suicide inside a military base in Iraq, security sources say.
Iraqi security sources have revealed that 21 US troops had committed suicide
inside a former Iraqi air force base 27 days ago, Fars News Agency reported on
According to the sources, the 21 troops were treated in a hospital but only five
soldiers have survived and they are in a critical condition. Security officials
said they used potent narcotics to kill themselves.
The troops' motivations for suicide are not known but according to Iraqi sources
the servicemen belonged to a unit of the US Airborne Division that was behind
the massacre of several Iraqi families-- mostly women and children-- in northern
Baghdad, said Ali al-Baghdadi an Iraqi security official.
The suicides took place in the soldiers' dormitory after the dinner time.
"The bodies of the US troops became misshapen such a way that they looked like
5000-year mummies," said a witness.
According to Iraqi officials' estimates, some 600 US troops, including senior
officers, have committed suicide in Iraq since the invasion of the country in
2003. Half of the suicide attempts have been successful.