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Pentagon: 34 U.S. Troops Have Brain Injuries After Iranian Attack on Iraqi Airbase

HeadlineJan 27, 2020

The Pentagon said Friday that 34 American military members sustained traumatic brain injuries from Iranian airstrikes on the Al Asad Airbase in Iraq earlier this month. President Trump had previously said no American troops were injured in the attack, which came in response to the targeted U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Trump dismissed concerns about the troops’ well-being last week, saying he thought their injuries were headaches and were not “very serious.” Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, called out the misinformation about the troops’ injuries, tweeting, “This is a big deal. The American people must be able to trust the government to share information about our sons and daughters in harms way. Nothing is more serious and sacred.”

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