Pentagon raises number of US troops injured in Iran missile attack to 64

Press TV – Jan 31, 2020

US soldiers clear rubble at the Ain al-Asad military airbase in Anbar province after an Iranian missile strike. Click to enlarge

The Pentagon has yet again raised the figure of soldiers wounded in Iran’s retaliatory missile attack in Iraq earlier this month to 64, saying they have suffered “traumatic brain injuries”.

Pentagon chief Mark Esper and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said Thursday the military took these types of injuries “very seriously” after criticism that the authorities sought to whitewash them.

“The number is growing,” Milley added, explaining that it takes time to diagnose and screen soldiers present in the area at the time of the attack.

The New York Times cited a Pentagon statement, which put the total number of injured troops at 68.

The report said eight troops were currently being treated in the United States, 21 in Landstuhl, Germany and that another 39 injured troops have returned to military operations in Iraq.

The new tally marks at least the fourth instance where US officials have raised the number of US troops injured following Iran’s January 8 missile attack in response to Washington’s assassination of top anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani on January 3.

The Trump administration at first claimed that no Americans had been injured in the attack.

“We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” President Donald Trump said a day after the missile strike.

A week later, however, the US military said 11 had been injured in the attack.

Last Friday and on Tuesday, the tally was brought to a total of 34 and 50 respectively, drawing added scrutiny and criticism against the Trump administration’s initial claims of no casualties.

Trump has, nonetheless, sought to play down the reports, saying he “heard they had headaches”.

“I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries I have seen,” he said last week.

The comments were slammed by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the oldest major American veteran organization which demanded Trump to apologize for his remarks.

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly. TBI is known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches, dizziness and fatigue — all injuries that come with both short- and long-term effects,” VFW national commander William Schmitz said.

Speaking on Thursday, Esper sought to defend the president.

“He’s very concerned about the health and welfare of all of our service members, particularly those that were involved in our operations in Iraq,” he said.

Soleimani’s assassination order ‘troubled’ US officials

Ain al-Asad airbase following Iranian missile strike. Click to enlarge

An NBC report detailing the events surrounding Trump’s order to assassinate General Soleimani said the measure “troubled” many current and former American military and intelligence officials.

“Gobsmacked,” was the single-word reaction of a former CIA officer the NBC claimed had “spent a career” working against Gen. Soleimani.

The report said US officials feared that the decision, taken in presence of “a very small group of senior leaders”, could set in motion “a full-scale war” that could greatly damage the world economy and get the US stuck in “yet another Middle East quagmire”.

The report said US commanders in Iraq anticipated numerous different forms of attacks following the assassination, from Iranian suicide drone strikes to land attacks by Iraqi fighters.

Along with General Soleimani, top Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also assassinated in the drone strike. He was the second-in-command of Iraq’s anti-terrorist Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

Many American politicians have decried Trump’s assassination of Gen. Soleimani as a dangerous provocation which risks bogging the US down in yet another dangerous military conflict in the region.

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation aiming to contain Trump’s war powers.

The US assassination of the Middle East’s most prominent anti-terror commanders prompted tens of millions in Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan and elsewhere to take to the streets and vent their anger at the United States.

Iranians turned out in numbers unmatched in its history to honor the charismatic commander and call for revenge.


7 responses to “Pentagon raises number of US troops injured in Iran missile attack to 64”

  1. They were already brain damaged victims of a lethal overdose of bullshit. As a result, they are afflicted with chronic Sadistic Fibrosis, Hemorrhagic Stupiditas and the Disease of Conceit.

    “The new tally marks at least the fourth instance where US officials have raised the number of US troops injured…”

    I hope these pentagoons keep raising the numbers until the whole Pentacon itself along with the White Sepulcher House disappear in a cloud of smoke!

  2. Its realistic to think thanks fellow Voltman speaks for millions of extremely feed up men and women..well put and nothing to add.

  3. Billionaire Trump says he loves Amerika. I bet Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos also love Amerika as they count their billions.

    Trump does photo ops hugging the flag. But what is Trump really? A manipulator draft dodging billionaire playboy of limited intelligence.

    Trump lied about the troops, first he said none were injured then he said they were faking headaches.

    Thus what should we conclude about the imposter patriot Trump?

    He doesn’t give a shit about the troops.

    What does Trump care about?

    1. His money and getting more of it.

    2. His princess daughter Ivanka who he is love with.

    3. Israel

    4. Being the greatest President ever

  4. Trump cares about MIGA.
    Means IMO:
    1. BiBibaba Israel then
    2. Israel then
    3. Israel and then
    4. Israel.

  5. What the hell’s a “Iranian suicide drone strike”?

    Do they ride the Katyusa into the American Base??? After all, the whole concept of ‘drones’ is that they are UNmanned!


  6. They are still lying to us.
    why are they lying to us … well this might be a clue …
    “THIS IRANIAN MISSILE ATTACK WAS ON AN IRAQI MILITARY BASE MEANING ARTICLE 5 OF NATO COULD NOT BE INVOKED!” Study NATO Charter Key Points to Comprehend, “The Iranian Missile Attack Against An Iraqi Military Base Does Not Invoke Article 5.” Key Points (NATO Charter):
    139 U.S. Soldiers Killed (DoD Document Proved) Iranian Missile Attack

  7. Oh that goes back to Japanese suicide midget subs R.C. sometimes the Americans forget which era they are living in that’s all. Whatever sounds good gets put on the table whatever is truth gets trashed. Just another day on the west.