President Donald Trump had initially said that he had been told that there were no wounded soldiers in the January 8 attack. The army said the symptoms were not reported immediately after the attack and that in some cases they were known days later. Many were in bunkers before almost a dozen Iranian ballistic missiles exploded, damaging several parts of the base.
After the first reports that some soldiers had been injured, Trump referred to them as “headaches” and said the cases were not as serious as injuries related to limb loss.
Hoffman’s revelation that 34 had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI, was the first update on the number of injuries in Iran’s missile attack at Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq since The Pentagon said on January 17 that 11 members of the service had had been moved out of Iraq with symptoms of concussion. Days later, authorities said more than Iraq had been sent for further diagnosis and treatment, but the Pentagon did not provide firm figures on the total nor did it say if any had been returned to the service.
Hoffman said that of the 34 with TBI, 18 were evacuated from Iraq to US medical facilities. UU. In Germany and Kuwait, and 16 stayed in Iraq. Seventeen of the 18 evacuees were sent to Germany, and nine remain there; the other eight have been transported to the United States to continue observation or treatment.
The one who sent an American to Kuwait has returned to work in Iraq. The 16 who were diagnosed with BIT and remained in Iraq since then have returned to the service there, Hoffman said.
The eight that were sent to the United States arrived on Friday and will receive treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, or at their home bases, Hoffman said.
No one died in the attack on Ain al-Asad. The attack was launched in retaliation for a missile attack with American drones that killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military general, on January 3 at Baghdad International Airport.
The United States did not have missile defense systems that protected Ain al-Asad from possible missile attack. Hoffman said Friday that the deployment of one or more Patriot anti-missile systems in Iraq is one of the options that military commanders now have. The United States had deployed numerous Patriot systems in other countries in the region as protection against Iranian missile attack, including in Saudi Arabia, but an attack on Iraq was considered less likely.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that no Americans were damaged in the missile attacks, a result that, according to him, prompted his decision not to retaliate further and risk a wider war with Iran. He attributed the minimized damage to an early warning system “which worked very well” and said that Americans should be “extremely grateful and happy” with the result.
Some members of Congress this week pressured the Pentagon to obtain more clarity about the extent of TBI cases resulting from the Iranian attack. Rep. Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat, wrote on Thursday high Pentagon officials requesting additional details about the victims of the attack.
On Friday morning, Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered the Pentagon’s interim defense secretary for personnel and preparation, Matthew Donovan, to begin working with Joint Chiefs of Staff to review how injuries are tracked and reported. military, not only cases of TBI but also injuries on the battlefield. of all kinds, Hoffman told reporters.
“The goal is to be so transparent, accurate and provide the American people and members of our service with the best information about the enormous sacrifices our warriors make,” said Hoffman.
Traumatic brain injuries are a type of casualties that the US military. UU. He began to understand and treat during the height of the Iraq war, where roadside bombs, including those particularly effective produced by Iran, caused serious injuries and the death of thousands of US troops.
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