The Pentagon stated Friday that 34 U.S. troops have been recognized with traumatic mind accidents suffered on this month’s Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi airbase, and that half of the troops have returned to their navy duties.
Seventeen of the 34 are nonetheless beneath medical statement, based on Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesperson.
U.S. President Donald Trump had initially stated he was advised that no troops had been injured within the Jan. eight strike. The navy stated signs weren’t instantly reported after the strike and in some instances grew to become identified days later.
After the primary studies that some troopers had been damage, Trump referred to them as “complications” and stated the instances weren’t as severe as accidents involving the lack of limbs.
Hoffman’s disclosure that 34 had been recognized with traumatic mind harm, or TBI, was the primary replace on the quantity injured in Iran’s missile assault on al-Asad airbase in western Iraq because the Pentagon stated on Jan. 17 that 11 service members had been flown out of Iraq with concussion-like signs.
Hoffman stated that of the 34 with TBI, 18 have been evacuated from Iraq to U.S. medical services in Germany and Kuwait, and 16 stayed in Iraq. Seventeen of the 18 evacuees have been despatched to Germany, and 9 stay there; the opposite eight have been transported to the US for continued statement or remedy.
The one American despatched to Kuwait has since returned to obligation. All 16 of those that have been recognized with TBI and remained in Iraq have since returned to obligation, Hoffman stated.
Nobody was killed within the assault on al-Asad. The strike was launched in retaliation for a U.S. drone missile strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, probably the most highly effective navy basic in Iran, on Jan. three at Baghdad Worldwide Airport.