Iran missile strike: US now says 11 troops were treated for concussion symptoms

The Guardian – Jan 17, 2020

The Ain Al Assad Airbase in Iraq reportedly the target of an Iranian missile strike. Click to enlarge

The US treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where US forces were stationed, the US military said on Thursday, after initially saying no service members were hurt.

The attack was retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad on 3 January that killed Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the elite Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Donald Trump and the US military had said there were no casualties after the strike on the al-Asad air base in western Iraq and a facility in its northern Kurdish region.

In his speech on 8 January responding to the strike, Trump said: “The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”

Capt Bill Urban, a spokesman for US central command, said in a statement on Thursday: “While no US service members were killed in the 8 January Iranian attack on al-Asad airbase, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed.”

As a measure of caution, some service members were taken to US facilities in Germany or Kuwait for “follow-on screening”, he added.

“When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq,” he said.

As many as 1,500 Americans were deployed at the vast base deep in Iraq’s Anbar desert.


5 responses to “Iran missile strike: US now says 11 troops were treated for concussion symptoms”

  1. The purpose always seems to be to prove Trump wrong or lying, and for too many who
    seem to live for this kinda crap, there’s ALWAYS some justification. Sorry, 11 people
    that MIGHT have concussions don’t cut it!

  2. Typical Guardian rubbish reporting.
    We know the Brits are still sour they have been thrown out of Iran the Beginning 19-Sixties. They are still convinced the oil richdom of Iran belongs to them, the British Empire.
    And US MIC Inc/ Military Boys & Girlsis doing the dirty work for them.
    For fourty years already! Can you imagine?
    When will US finally wake up and recognise it is all fake and they are the Payers$$$$$$ in blood and moneys?

  3. Being shipped to Germany for medical care means they had wounds much more serious than concussions.

  4. If you are a Trump Supporter, all this news reporting is to make Trump look bad and a liar! Just like with the Impeachment games this month, whenever Trump had a good / positive announcement, the Demonrats and MSM countered it with a bad news for Trump story. Trump signs phase 1 China – USA trade deal: MSM leaks GAO report that Trump committed a crime (NOT Crime , just GAO opinion). Trump presents his Legal Counsel Defense Managers, MSM leaks story that Lav Parnas has notes (Undated on Hotel stationary) about what Trump discussed with others and him. Parnas already convicted in Ukraine for Crimes and a known Liar! Orangeman Bad always – NOT! MSM BS!