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The hidden cost of the Afghanistan war (Pt 1): Trauma


Today's episode contains strong language, discussions of suicide, and descriptions of violence in war that some listeners might find distressing.

The first of a two-part investigation into how suicide became the hidden cost of the Afghanistan war. 55 soldiers from one regiment died in the campaign — 22 took their own lives back home. Why have so many suffered? War correspondent Anthony Loyd talks to members of 2 Rifles.

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Guest: Anthony Loyd, foreign correspondent, The Times.

Host: Manveen Rana.

Clips: BBC, Sky News.

If you've been affected by any of the issues discussed in today's episode, the following helplines can provide support:

Always A Rifleman: 0800 470 0941

Combat Stress helpline: 0800 138 1619 or text: 07537 173 683

PTSD Resolution: 0300 302 0551

SSAFA - the Armed Forces Charity helpline: 0800 260 6767

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