WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says 34 U.S. troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month’s Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base.
Half of the troops have returned to their duties, while the others are still under observation.
“With regard to the number of recent injuries, here is the latest update: 34 total members have been diagnosed with concussions and TBI,” said Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Pentagon spokesman, on Friday. “Eight service members who were previously transported to Germany have been transported to the United States. They will continue to receive treatment in the United States, either at Walter Reed or at their home bases.”
The 34 total is more than previously reported. 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 apparent, and that in some cases, the concussion-like symptoms appeared days later.
After the first reports that some troops had been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, Trump referred to the injuries as “headaches.”