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Pentagon reports 34 soldiers injured in the Iranian attack on us bases in Iraq

The Pentagon announced today that 34 members of the U.S. military were injured with various brain injuries during the Iranian bombing of a military base in Iraq on January 8 with the presence of U.S. troops, in retaliation for the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. raid.

Iran fires missiles targeting US forces in Iraq.
Iran fires missiles targeting US forces in Iraq.

A total of 34 members have been diagnosed with concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. 

This announcement came two days after President Donald Trump, who initially stated that no Americans had been injured during the strike, underestimated the number of injuries in the next 11 cases.

Al asad air base, Iran targeting US forces in Iraq.
Al asad air base, Iran fires missiles targeting US forces in Iraq.

Eight service members were initially transported to Germany and have been moved to the United States, where they will continue to receive treatment," Jonathan Rath Hoffman, press assistant to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said at a press conference.

The Iranian attack on the bases in Iraq wounded 34 US soldiers

He added that nine other Americans remain in Germany, where they are undergoing evaluation and treatment, while the remaining 17 have already been discharged and returned to their usual activities in Iraq, where they received medical assistance, except for one who was hospitalized in Kuwait.

Iranian bombing of a military base in Iraq on January 8.
Iranian bombing of a military base in Iraq on January 8.

Initially, the Pentagon had reported that the attack had not caused any injuries; but after reassessing the victims, authorities identified some symptoms of cerebral contusions due to the force of the missile impact.

At the same time, the international coalition against the Washington-led terrorist group Islamic State (IS) announced last week that a number of US soldiers were indeed injured in the attack, although the numbers were not specified.

In reaction to this, US President Donald Trump dismissed the matter two days ago by not considering the serious injuries. 

Some U.S. media cited anonymous military sources to say that the total count of those affected was 11, a number that has proven to be very low compared to the total number of injured.

Barely a week after President Donald Trump claimed that "no Americans were harmed" in Iran's air strike on its bases in Iraq, the U.S. military acknowledged that at least 11 of its soldiers were injured in the bombing.