Number of US troops wounded in Iran attack now at 110: Pentagon

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 22 2020 10:50 AM

A view of the site of a US drone attack that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at the main road of Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 15, 2020. Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters/File

WASHINGTON - The number of US troops who sustained traumatic brain injury when Iran launched missiles at their base in Iraq last month has risen to 110, the Pentagon said Friday.

The figure is one higher than the last toll, which was announced on Feb. 10. 

All of the wounded were diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury, the Pentagon said in a statement, adding that 77 had already returned to duty.

Meanwhile, 35 were transported to Germany for further evaluation, of whom 25 have been sent to the United States, it added.

President Donald Trump had initially said that no Americans were hurt in the strike on the Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq on the night of Jan. 7 to 8, although authorities later reported that nearly a dozen troops were wounded.

Iran fired ballistic missiles at the base to retaliate for the Jan. 3 US drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani while he was in Baghdad.