UK Soldier Kills Himself to Avoid Iraq
- UK Soldier Kills Himself to Avoid Iraq
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Killing children as young as two is part of the teaching.
CAIRO Rejecting his commanders' orders to kill Iraqi children, a
British soldier has committed suicide after he was told he could be
ordered to shoot dead alleged child suicide bombers in Iraq.
"I can't go out there and shoot at young children. I just can't go to
Iraq. I don't care what side they are on. I can't do it," Jason
Chelsea told his mother while on the death bed, The Independent
reported Friday, August 25.
Chelsea, a Kings, Lancashire and Border Regiment infantryman, died
after taking 60 painkillers and slashing his wrists.
The 19-year-old infantryman had undergone pre-deployment training in
preparation for his tour of duty in Iraq.
During the course, he was told by his commanders that he could be
ordered to kill Iraqi children preparing to carry out suicide attacks.
"Jason said that during the training for Iraq he had been told that
children as young as two carry bombs and the time may come when he
would have to shoot one to save himself and his friends," his mother,
"In training, they were made to wrestle with dummies," added the
"Jason said they were also told they might have to fight kids and that
they might have to shoot them because they were carrying suicide bombs.
"He said the policy [where there was a suspected suicide bomber] was
to shoot first and ask questions later."
There have been no reported cases of attacks in Iraq carried out by
Chelsea's death has sparked calls for an urgent review of the
pre-deployment training given to British soldiers bound for Iraq.
"I support the British Army and what it does. But I would like to
stand before my son's unit with a picture of him in uniform and ask
those who made these comments to him time after time to think about
the effect they had," the mother said.
Chelsea had joined the British Army at 16 after a visit to St
Augustine's Catholic school, telling his family that the Army was to
be his life. He had served in Germany and Cyprus.
But during his recent staying at his parents' house in Wigan, his
The young soldier wrote a note to his parents before committing suicide.
"Really sorry, mum and dad. I'm just no good for you. I have got to
finish it. I am just a waste," he said.
"My son was made very, very lonely by what was happening to him," the
"He was very sad inside and he bottled up what was causing it. It was
only after the overdose that he told us about his fears over what
might happen in Iraq."
Chelsea's death renews concerns about the psychological pressures
facing British forces in Iraq.
Early August, the Ministry of Defense said that 1,541 British soldiers
in Iraq are suffering from psychiatric illness.
The BBC said in May that the number of British soldiers deserting
military service over the US-led invasion has been on the rise with
more than 1,000 personnel absent without leave and failing to return
since the war.
A recent US study revealed that US troops returning from Iraq have the
highest rate of mental health consultation and psychological problems
compared to other troops returning from Afghanistan and other trouble
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