US military releases Iraq clinic shooting report

BAGHDAD (AP) - A U.S. military investigation into an incident earlier this year in which a Sherman soldier seeking counseling killed five troops says that security at mental health facilities in Iraq can be improved.

A report of the military's findings concluded that procedures designed to prevent such a tragedy were adequate, but that security at the clinics could be improved.

Sgt. John M. Russel, who is from Sherman,l is accused of shooting and killing five soldiers following an altercation at a military counseling center at a U.S. base last May. The incident drew attention to the issues of combat stress and morale among troops serving multiple tours in Iraq.

The report says new procedures - designed to address issues such as attempted suicide - are already being implemented.

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