The United States treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where U.S. forces were stationed, the U.S. military said on Thursday (January 16), after initially saying no service members were hurt.
The attack was retaliation for a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on January 3 that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
President Donald Trump and the U.S. military had said there were no casualties after the strike on the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq and a facility in its northern Kurdish region.
Several people were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast, Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement.
As a measure of caution, some service members were taken to U.S. facilities in Germany or Kuwait for “follow-on screening” he added. When fit for duty the troops were 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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