In 2015, the newspaper Daily Sabah reported that over the past ten years, the number of soldiers who committed suicide in Turkey’s Army had surged to 934, in contrast with 818 Turkish servicemen killed in armed clashes during the same period.

The website Silah Report has published a piece on the use of rifles fitted with a special anti-suicide trigger guard in the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).

The news outlet noted that at first, “some observers outside Turkey initially interpreted these enhanced trigger guards as an anti-riot modification or an apparatus that protects the triggers from external tampering in a struggle”.

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