By Jonathan Davis
The U.S. military is admitting that following Iran’s ballistic missile attack against an Iraqi base earlier this month 11 American service personnel were treated for minor injuries, mostly concussions.
Initially, the Trump administration said that no U.S. troops were killed or wounded, but in fact, about a dozen were flown out of Al Assad Air Base in Iraq and treated for concussion symptoms.
A spokesman for the US Central Command made the revelation late Thursday evening.
The strike victims are “still being assessed,” the High Command said, noting that it’s the medial policy of the American military to screen troops who were in the area of a blast.
“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,” said Capt Urban.
When asked why the Pentagon did not release this information sooner, Urban said that DoD moved to correct the record as soon as possible.
He also noted the discrepancy between President Trump’s initial claims that no troops were injured occurred because those troops were not moved to a hospital until days after the attack.
About a dozen Iranian missiles struck a pair of Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces.
The missiles that struck Al Assad Air Base, about 110 miles west of Baghdad, destroyed concrete barriers and troop barracks, while leaving large craters in the missiles’ wake.
As for the injuries, they don’t appear to be serious. And while it’s possible the administration could have released the information sooner, the fact is it took some time to assess the injuries to ensure they were not more serious.
As to what President Trump will do next, that remains to be seen. The Iranian attack came in response to the targeted killing of Quds Force commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
Iran is dealing with internal unrest as a result of recent events, so it isn’t likely the regime is bent on going to war with the United States — which is what will happen if the regime should happen to target and kill American troops in the region.