Britain wanting rigorously at suicides amongst Afghan veterans


Britain is investigating whether or not or not some veterans from the Afghan battle have taken their very own lives as a result of they’re so devastated by the chaotic withdrawal of US-led forces from the nation Britain’s armed forces minister stated on Monday.

The humiliation of the lightning Taliban takeover in Afghanistan after a 20-year battle that value lots of of 1000’s of lives and at the very least a trillion {dollars} has dismayed veterans of the battle.

Britain misplaced 457 armed forces personnel in Afghanistan, or 13 p.c of the worldwide army coalition’s 3,500 fatalities since 2001.

James Heappey, a junior defence minister, initially instructed Sky Information that some troopers had taken their very own lives up to now week “due to the emotions they’ve had over what’s taking place in Afghanistan”.

However Heappey later rowed again from the remark, telling the BBC that his comment had been inaccurate.

“We’re wanting very, very rigorously at whether or not or not it’s true that somebody has taken their life in the previous few days,” he instructed BBC TV.

The defence ministry stated Heappey had misspoken and that it had no confirmed suicide instances amongst British Afghan veterans because of the withdrawal.

Heappey, who reached the rank of main earlier than coming into politics, stated he was listening to the Taliban was now in charge of the entire of Afghanistan however that the scenario in Panjshir didn’t change the massive image.

Britain fears the Taliban’s return and the vacuum left by the West’s chaotic withdrawal will enable militants from al Qaeda to achieve a foothold in Afghanistan, simply 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on america.

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