On January 28th, the US Department of Defense said that, now, 50 US service members had been injured in the Iranian ballistic missile strike on the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq.
The figures could increase in the days ahead, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell said.
He said that 31 out of the 50 had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), underwent treatment in Iraq and are back on duty.
18 of the injured have been sent to Germany for further evaluation and treatment, and 1 was sent to Kuwait and has since returned to duty, he said.
“This is a snapshot in time and numbers can change,” Campbell said.
“The Department of Defense is committed to providing the American people timely and accurate information about the care and treatment of our service members,” Campbell said.
Campbell said in an emailed statement that there were no other additional details regarding whether any other service members have been transported back to the U.S.
“The department is committed to delivering programs and services intended to lead to the best possible outcomes for our service members who suffer any injury,” he added.
In its last update, on January 24th, the Pentagon admitted that 34 soldiers had been injured in the attack, and prior to that, on January 16th, it said only 11 had been injured.
When the attack happened on January 8th, that number stood at 0 and there were allegedly no damages. The “no damage” narrative has also been entirely false, as footage shows that there’s hardly anything not damaged at the base.
“A lot of these symptoms, they are late developing,” Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman said on January 24th. “They manifest over a period of time.”
The reporting of the injuries al-Asad prompted Defense Secretary Mark Esper to order a review of how a chain of command is notified of injuries in general.
“The reporting on symptoms vs. diagnosis, the reporting on that — we needed to have more clarity,” Hoffman said.
The number of casualties appear to be progressively going up as time goes by, but still there are no reports of a single death due to the Iranian missile strike.
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