US military now says 11 troops were injured in Iran missile attack on US forces inside Iraq

US soldiers stand next the damage that caused by the Iran's missiles attack inside Ain al-Assad air base in Anbar province, Iraq, 14 January 2020. EPA-EFE/STR

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The United States has treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where US forces were stationed, the country’s military has said.

The military had initially said no service members were hurt in the strike on January 8.

The attack was a retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3 that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

US President Donald Trump and the US military had said there were no casualties after the strike on the Al Asad air base in western Iraq and a facility in its northern Kurdish region.

“While no US service members were killed in the January 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Central Command, said in a statement.

As a measure of caution, some service members were taken to US facilities in Germany or Kuwait for “follow-on screening,” he added.

“When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq.”

As many as 1,500 Americans were deployed at the vast base deep in Iraq’s Anbar desert.

 

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