On January 24th, the Pentagon confirmed that the number of injured US troops in the Iranian missile attack on the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq was actually 34.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman confirmed the number in a briefing.
The 34 troops received primarily concussions, but also other traumatic brain injuries. Seventeen people screened at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany have already returned to duty.
However, there are still nine military personnel remaining in the German hospital, eight more were sent for treatment in the United States.
Hoffman said that the Defense Department will review its processes for tracking and reporting injuries suffered by service members, and that the aim was to be as transparent as possible.
“The goal is to be as transparent, accurate and to provide the American people and our service members with the best information about the tremendous sacrifices our war fighters make,” Hoffman said.
After more than two weeks after misrepresenting the truth and initially claimed that nobody was injured and nothing was damaged.
This is completely different than US President Donald Trump and his administration’s claim that no injuries had been suffered and there had been no casualties from the attack.
“We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
The claim of minimal damage was also disproved, in videos, and in claims by Danish soldiers who said that helicopters and other equipment had been completely destroyed.
Initially, on January 17th, the US confirmed that 11 troops had received concussions, but nothing serious.
On January 22nd, Army Maj. Beth Riordan, a military spokeswoman, said in a statement that more troops had actually been injured.
“The health and safety of all service members is the greatest concern for all Department leadership and we greatly appreciate the care that these members have received and continue to receive at the hands of our medical professionals. As medical treatment and evaluations in theater continue, additional service members have been identified as having potential injuries.”
Riordan’s statement continued:
“These service members — out of an abundance of caution — have been transported to Landstuhl, Germany for further evaluations and necessary treatment on an outpatient basis. Given the nature of injuries already noted, it is possible additional injuries may be identified in the future.”
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump was asked to explain the discrepancy between his previous comments that nobody had been injured and the recent reports.
“No, I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it’s not very serious,” Trump replied.
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