After saying no one its personnel were injured in the Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where its forces were stationed, the United States Defence Headquater, Pentagon has revealed that it treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after the attack.
Recall that the attack was retaliation for a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3 that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
“While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad airbase, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement.
He added that some service members were taken to U.S. facilities in Germany or Kuwait for follow-up screening as a measure of caution.
“When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq.”
About 1,500 Americans were deployed at the vast base deep in Iraq’s Anbar desert.