Iran Rocket Attack On Iraqi Military Base Injures 11 US Service Members

Iran Rocket Attack On Iraqi Military Base Injures 11 US Service Members


Eleven U.S. service members were flown out
of Al Assad Air Base in Iraq and treated for concussion symptoms after Iran’s rocket
attack targeting two Iraqi military bases earlier this month, a spokesman for U.S. Central
Command revealed Thursday night, Fox News reports. President Trump and U.S. officials had said
earlier that no Americans were killed or injured in the Jan. 8 attack. Several U.S. troops “were treated for concussion
symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed. As a standard procedure, all personnel in
the vicinity of a blast are screened for traumatic brain injury, and if deemed appropriate are
transported to a higher level of care,” Capt. Bill Urban, the Central Command spokesman,
said Thursday. The troops were medevaced this week to Germany
and Kuwait to be treated for traumatic brain injury after experiencing concussion symptoms. Nearly one dozen American troops were wounded
in Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on Iraq’s al-Asad air base. This week, they were medically evacuated to
U.S. military hospitals in Kuwait and Landstuhl, Germany, to be treated for traumatic brain
injury and to undergo further evaluation. “Out of an abundance of caution, some service
members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
in Germany, others were sent to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, for follow-on screening,” said Col.
Myles Caggins, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. “When deemed fit for duty, the service members
are expected to return to Iraq following screening. The health and welfare of our personnel is
a top priority and we will not discuss any individual’s medical status.” Several news organizations soon reported from
al-Asad that U.S. troops had been alerted to the attack hours in advance, and told to
head for bunkers 15 minutes before the missiles began to strike. Many U.S. troops, however, manned exposed
positions, including at least one group of drone operators who stayed in an above-ground
building to get their drones aloft and avoid ground damage. The leader of an Army drone team told NPR
that he was “knocked off his feet by the blast.” Others told the New York Times that missiles
damaged the building they were in.

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