Remember those claims of “no casualties” after the Iranians’ retaliatory missile strike for the death of Qassem Soleimani? The Pentagon has a slight update for us more than a week later. No one died in the strikes, but nearly a dozen US troops had to be evacuated afterward for potential traumatic brain injuries — perhaps only concussions.
NBC’s Richard Engel reports that the Department of Defense expects them to return to service soon, but that they had a closer call than the Pentagon first let on:
Despite initially saying no Americans were hurt in that Iranian missile strike on U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon now says there were injuries. @richardengel has more from Baghdad. pic.twitter.com/SQgNs1teoM
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