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Pentagon: 50 Troops Suffered Brain Injuries in Iran Strike

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The new casualty total of 50 belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. Days after the attack, the military said 11 service members were injured. Last week, the Pentagon said that 34 U.S. service members were hurt.

Three rockets hit near the US embassy on Tuesday, 21 January, in the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone, security sources told AFP, with no immediate reports of casualties.

Snapshot
  • An Iraqi government spokesman denied reports on Thursday, 16 January, that joint operations had resumed between local forces and the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State group sleeper cells.
  • Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday embarked on a visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia amidst regional tension
  • DGCA asked Indian airlines to remain vigilant and take all precautions in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and waters of Persian Gulf
  • “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Wednesday
  • Iran’s Parliament has passed a bill, designating all US forces “terrorists”
12:17 PM, 29 Jan

Pentagon: 50 Troops Suffered Brain Injuries in Iran Strike

The Pentagon on Tuesday raised to 50 the number of US service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike earlier this month on an Iraqi air base, the third time the number of injuries has been increased.

Lt Col Thomas Campbell, a Pentagon spokesman, said Tuesday that 16 additional service members were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. Of the 50, Campbell said, 31 service members had returned to duty.

The service members were treated in Iraq, or at military health centers, including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the continental United States, and a US military medical facility in Kuwait.

9:32 PM, 24 Jan

Pentagon Says 34 Troops Suffered Brain Injury in Iran Strike

The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 US service members suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on an Iraqi airbase, reports AP.

Although half have returned to work, the casualty totally belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. He later characterized the injuries as “not very serious.”

3:30 AM, 21 Jan

Three Rockets Hit Near US Embassy in Baghdad: Security Sources

Three rockets hit near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital's high-security Green Zone, security sources told AFP, with no immediate reports of casualties.

Sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made impact.

The US has blamed Iran-backed paramilitary groups for a spate of similar attacks in recent months on the Green Zone, but there has never been a claim of responsibility.(

2:26 AM, 18 Jan

‘Make Iran Great Again’: US President Trump to Iranian Leaders

US President Donald Trump told Iranian leaders, “Make Iran great again,” ANI reported.

He further warned Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to be "very careful with his words."

"The so-called 'Supreme Leader' of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, had some nasty things to say about the United States and Europe," Trump tweeted of Khamenei's comments earlier Friday, 17 January, in Tehran.

According to Trump, Khamenei's blistering speech, in which he attacked the "vicious" United States and described Britain, France and Germany as "America's lackey's," was a mistake.


Published: 03 Jan 2020, 08:58 AM IST
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