Report: Troop morale up in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves.

The Army report released Monday was drawn from a battlefield survey of troops and interviews in June and July. It was the ninth time the service had sent psychiatrists to the field to measure soldier mental health and assess care available to them.

The report says rates of soldiers with problems such as depression, acute stress and suicidal tendencies were down from rates in surveys taken in 2010 and 2012. During those two years the number of troops in Afghanistan increased, along with the violence they faced.

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