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Troops in Seoul
Troops in Seoul
Jason Strother

SEOUL — Six South Korean soldiers have been accused of killing one of their fellow conscripts. Yoon Seung-joo, 20, died earlier this year after being force-fed and beaten. Abuse within South Korea’s military ranks has long been a problem. A recent survey of soldiers revealed about 4,000 allegations of violence that went unreported.

It’s a time that almost all South Korean men dread. The moment when they begin their mandatory service in their country’s armed forces.

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