The Pentagon announced that 50 U.S. soldiers suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran’s January missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. personnel.
“As of today, 50 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with TBI,” said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell. “Of these 50, 31 total service members were treated in Iraq and returned to duty, including 15 of the additional service members who have been diagnosed since the previous report.”
“18 service members have been transported to Germany for further evaluation and treatment. This is an increase of one service member from the previous report, who had been transported to Germany for other health reasons and has since been diagnosed with a TBI.”
The announcement said that the numbers are subject to change and that the Pentagon will provide any updates.
Iran attacked Iraqi air bases housing U.S. personnel in early January after the United States announced it successfully killed top Iranian military official Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The U.S. claimed Soleimani was planning future attacks that posed a threat to U.S. national security.
“Soleimani was actively planning new attacks, and he was looking very seriously at our embassies, and not just the embassy in Baghdad,” Trump said then. Sources told the Washington Examiner weeks ago that the soldiers did not initially exhibit symptoms of brain injuries, saying, “They seemed fine at first.” No U.S. casualties were initially reported following Iran’s attack.