Pentagon: 50 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon has raised to 50 the number of U.S. service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran’s missile strike earlier this month on an Iraqi air base.

U.S. soldiers gather for food at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles earlier this month in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (Source: AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

It’s the third time the number of injuries has been increased.

The new casualty total belies President Donald Trump’s initial claim that no Americans were harmed.

Days later, the military said 11 service members had been injured and then increased the total to 34.

A Pentagon spokesman says 31 of the 50 service members have returned to duty.

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