Pentagon admits 50 U.S troops sustained injuries in Iran strike on Ain al-Assad base

Washington, SANA- The Pentagon on Tuesday admitted that 50 American troops sustained brain injuries from Iranian airstrikes on Ain al-Assad Air Base in Iraq this month.

“As of today, 50 U.S. service members have been diagnosed” with traumatic brain injury, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Campbell was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement about injuries in the attack on the Ain al-Assad air base in western Iraq.

Campbell indicated that 31 U.S. service members have received treatment in Iraq while 18 American troops have been taken to Germany for further evaluation and treatment.

“As stated previously, this is a snap shot in time and numbers can change,” Colonel Campbell said. “We will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

In its previous update on Friday, the Pentagon had put the number of those injured at 34.

Trump last week appeared to play down the injuries, saying he “heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things.”

Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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