The Pentagon says 14 more U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury stemming from a Jan. 8 ballistic missiles attack on U.S. troops at Iraqi air bases, raising the total to 64.
President Donald Trump said in an address to the nation the morning following the attack that, “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.”
In releasing the latest figures, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell said 39 service members have returned to duty.
Three of the newly reported cases arrived recently in Germany are undergoing further evaluation, he said. Nine are scheduled to return to the U.S., joining eight who were sent back earlier.
Campbell said 21 of the service members have been transported to Germany for further evaluation and treatment for TBI.
In addition, two service members were awaiting transport to Germany from Iraq, and two others sent to Kuwait for other reasons reasons have been since diagnosed with TBI. They will also be sent to Germany, Campbell said.
The attack by Iran was in retaliation for the killing by U.S. forces of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was commander of its elite Quds Force.