34 US troops suffered brain injuries in the Iranian missile attack, Pentagon confirms
US soldiers stand at the site of Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq [Qassim Abdul-Zahra/AP]
The Pentagon said Friday that 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month's Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base, and that half of the troops have returned to their military duties.
Seventeen of the 34 are still under medical observation, according to Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman.
President Donald Trump had initially said he was told that no troops had been injured in the Jan. 8 strike. The military said symptoms were not immediately reported after the strike and in some cases became known days later.