Iran Missile Strike: U.S. Casualties Far Heavier than Admitted

Censored: The Report, Ein Al-Assad, an unending nightmare for the US (what you weren’t allowed to know)

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

Fars News – via Veterans Today Feb 17, 2020

US withholding count on the dead, wounded at 100, 4 helicopters destroyed, two transport aircraft, two drones…learn the how and why of Pompeo’s chorus of lies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is still trying to control information about the size and the scope of the damages and casualties incurred on the US army at Ein Al-Assad Airbase in Southwestern Iraq after Iran’s missile strike last month that came in retaliation for the assassination of IRGC Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.–

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Ali Fadavi underlined on Saturday that the Americans’ lies will be disclosed soon, and said,

“All aspects of Iran’s military attack against the US base, Ein al-Assad, will be exposed by the Americans during their partisan plays and we have much information about Iran’s attack on Ein al-Assad, but we prefer the Americans to admit the damages of Iran’s attack on the airbase.”

Media reports have said that US President Donald Trump has not yet allowed any official to release information about the heavy casualties and damages of the operations and threatened them with heavy punishment if they leak any information.

But the IRGC’s missile strike against Ein al-Assad in Iraq was a part of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s harsh revenge from the US for the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. The development is still one of the top headlines of the world media after 40 days due to the American officials’ lies about the number of dead and wounded soldiers in the attack; the US officials still continue to increase the number of casualties every week.

The big operations codenamed ‘Martyr Qassem Soleimani’ against Ein al-Assad – which was conducted at 01:20 am (local time) of January 8, the same hour when the vehicle carrying General Soleimani came under attack on January 3 and just a few hours before his funeral ceremony – left 120 American soldiers dead and over 200 others wounded.

Confusion of the US military and security bodies and media

The US National Security Council immediately held a meeting to investigate the catastrophic blow and approved a secret bill based on which the US government declared war emergency situation, stressing that any information about Ein al-Assad missile strike should remain confidential and leaking any information about the attack before coordination with the US defense department would be a stern violation of national security; yet Newsweek had already released a report and put the number of casualties at 270 before receiving the urgent notice.

The editor-in-chief of Newsweek for world news service corrected the news minutes after receiving the notice without any explanation and deleted the number of casualties from the Newsweek website but the original text of the report is still available on the internet and its print screens have been saved by readers.

Trump canceled speech after US National Security Council’s approval

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

Also, the approval delayed US President Donald Trump’s TV speech for one day in which he claimed that the Iranian missile strikes against the US base have taken no toll from either the US or Iraqi armies due to the US army’s deterrent measures, precaution and redeployment of forces in different places.

Some minutes after Trump’s remarks, the aviation websites reported flight of a Boeing cargo plane, C17, from Baghdad airport to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for treatment missions at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The plane is also equipped with numerous fridges to carry dead bodies.

Capabilities of US base in Landstuhl in the heart of Europe

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is an overseas military hospital operated by the United States Army. LRMC is the largest US military hospital outside the continental United States. It is near Landstuhl, Germany, and is the nearest treatment center for wounded soldiers coming from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition, it serves military stationed throughout Europe and Africa, as well as their family members.

The medical center also serves as a stop-over (evacuated via the nearby Ramstein Air Base) for serious casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan before being flown to the United States.

What was the cause of the large number of US casualties in Ein al-Assad?

The IRGC’s missile strikes on Ein al-Assad were conducted in two stages with an interval of 30 to 40 minutes. In the first stage, 9 ballistic missiles were fired.

The US army was on alert in anticipation of Iran’s reprisal attack for the assassination of General Soleimani, and most US troops had been transferred to shelters, but given the high destructive power of the Iranian missiles, a number of them were killed in the shelters.

After nearly half an hour when no missiles were fired, the American commanders assumed that the operations had ended and ordered evacuation to rush to aid the wounded; and it was then when more missiles landed at the base, killing and wounding scores more.

After the attack, Trump claimed on his twitter page that “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now.

So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well-equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.” Later in a televised address, he repeated the same remarks while he was confused and frustrated.

Damage control and phased admission

One week after the attack, Trump, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US military spokespersons and commanders all claimed that the American soldiers in Ein al-Assad are sound and safe.

But the Pentagon was forced to first admit casualties followed by gradually increasing the number of the wounded forces, speaking of traumatic brain injuries, although US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper only spoke of headache among the American soldiers deployed at the base.

The US soldiers’ “traumatic brain injury” was first revealed by a Kuwaiti newspaper that also revealed the transfer of a number of severely injured US troops to a hospital in the Arab country.

The Pentagon increased the number several times to 16, 34 and 64 from 11 and finally, on February 11, the Pentagon confirmed traumatic brain injury of 109 military men in Ein al-Assad. The number seems to rise to 200 in the coming weeks, especially considering that the Pentagon has said 109 is not the final number of the wounded.

Some reports said that a number of US democrat senators are aware of the number of casualties but they have decided to disclose it on the threshold of the presidential election.

Damage estimates

Reports on Ein al-Assad attack said nearly 4 helicopters, two cargo planes and the watchtower of the base’s military airport were destroyed. But the US officials never allowed the reporters and photographers to take images and footage of the destroyed watchtower, command center and radar center.

They confined reporters’ visits to the site to a several-hundred-meter area of the base to show some burnt tents, a big hole in the runway and a devastated building. They declared other parts of the base as a forbidden zone.

Meantime, reports said when the IRGC carried out missile attacks against Ein al-Assad, 8 US-made drones were flying but their contacts with the control center at the base were cut due to the IRGC’s jamming operations and then the control center was targeted by missiles.

The US forces immediately started search operations to find the 8 drones but they found the debris of 3 aircraft and they still lack any information about the fate of 5 other drones.

US bases and the Israeli army on high alert for 40 days

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei several hours after the IRGC’s missile attack against the US army positions in Ein al-Assad said that “Iran slapped American on the face last night. Military action like this is not sufficient. What is important is ending the corrupting presence of America in the region”.

After his remarks, high-ranking IRGC commanders and resistance groups’ leaders, including Hezbollah, stressed that operations against Ein al-Assad was only the first step of more extensive and crushing operations in the future and the US and the Zionist regime will be forced to leave the Muslim world and the West Asia region.

These repeated threats have both lowered the US forces’ morale, given the long time they have been kept on high alert and because they have been kept in the dark with regard to the true number of the Ein Al-Assad casualties, as they are waiting for a bigger operation against another US base; they know an attack is in the offing, but they don’t know when and where and that’s wearing off their threshold of tolerance.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami, who addressed a ceremony to commemorate General Soleimani 40 days after his martyrdom, said General Soleimani has been replicated and the resistance front has aspired again.

“The US was slapped in the face, but the strong and final slap will continue to come until the last US soldier retreats from the Muslim lands, and this reality is close,” he said.

Now, the Muslim world is waiting for repeated, confusing and destructive operations by the resistance forces across the region and the world.


6 responses to “Iran Missile Strike: U.S. Casualties Far Heavier than Admitted”

  1. Look, the US is in a rapid flow of self-belief, arrogance & self-importance. No one can stand up and say, ‘wait a moment, consider this…’. They simply did not believe the Iranians had the balls and the accuracy to strike. The US has suffered a deep phycological blow and this will be rippling through the US military and Washington’s ranks. Iran could have struck a carrier group. They have subs, they have very fast powerboats armed with torpedoes or suicide missions, they have the missiles. Don’t forget, Iran has at least two Soviet-era nukes, they’ll be big and very dirty. The US knows they have these nukes, but as stated above, no one dares bring this up… I mean, who would mention this with Pompeo heading the State Department?

  2. the american military… shown to be a paper tiger

    theyve sown the wind…now theyll reap the whirlwind…

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  4. Iran is a country situated in Western Asia. They might forget but never forgive.

    Iranian people are a patient people who are for many years now suffering under illegal sanctions imposed on them by Satanyahu and the zionists.
    Iranian children, sick people, elderly peopel are dying daily due to lack of medicine.
    This is IMO genocide thus inhumane.

    Iranian people are too clever for the Western opposition which makes the Western aggressor nervous and when nervous they make errors and more lies.

    IMO. The zionists and their maffiaboss Santanyahu better go and pack their suitcase to return to Poland and Ukraine, their recent new backup-country. But of course their private army ISIS is following after job done in Palestine, Lybia and Nigeria. Their Great Israel project has been abendend by the formidable opposition, one may say that is finally over.

    Thanks to Syrian Arabian Army, Hezbollah, Iran and Russia.

    The formidable force.

  5. There are NO Us casualties .. Only Green Cards foederatis casualties !

  6. I don’t get it, I thought Trump wanted a war, didn’t he say if one serviceman was killed, that would start it? Why has he backed down? Iran’s missiles can strike only ME targets, not even Diego Garcia and if the Carrier group stays in the Indian Ocean, its out of range too. Has Mr Putin guaranteed Iran’s security?