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US Number of US troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iran attack rises to 64

04:40  31 january  2020
04:40  31 january  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions

  Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions President Trump on Wednesday minimized the injuries of several U.S. troops who suffered concussions during an Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi bases that house American personnel. © Getty Images Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions "I heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say and I can report that it's not very serious," Trump told reporters at a press conference in Davos, Switzerland."I don't consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I've seen," he continued.

The number of US service members diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the Iranian missile attack on US and coalition forces in Iraq earlier this month has risen to 64 , almost six times the figure that was reported a week after the president said "no Americans were harmed," CNN

A new report citing the US Department of Defense revealed that an estimated 50 US military personnel were diagnosed with either traumatic brain injury ( TBI ) or a concussion following the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) January 8 strike in Iraq.

The number of U.S. troops diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury since an Iranian airstrike earlier this month has increased to 64, the Pentagon said Thursday.

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The figure has changed several times since the Jan. 8 missile attack on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. President Trump initially said no Americans were harmed in the Iranian retaliatory strike for the death of Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad days earlier.

The increase comes days after the Pentagon updated the number of American military personnel from 34 to 50. Of those injured, 39 service members have returned to duty, the Pentagon said.

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Traumatic brain injuries in troops are often caused by the intense and rapid overpressure that follows a nearby explosion. Only in the last several years has the Pentagon made a considerable effort to understand brain injuries and their lasting effects, which sometimes bring long-term physical or

The Pentagon has said the number of troops suffering from traumatic brain injuries ( TBI ) after an Iranian attack on a US base in Iraq on 8 January has risen to 50. The new total is 16 more than previously announced. President Donald Trump initially said no Americans were injured and cited this

Defense officials warned the numbers could change as symptoms could develop later.

"These things are cumulative too," Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Thursday Pentagon news briefing. "So if you get multiple concussions that can manifest itself down the road. It could be a year, two years. We're early in the stage of diagnosis. We're early in the stage of therapy for these troops. We'll continue to monitor them – for the rest of their lives, actually."

Trump appeared to downplay the injuries suffered by U.S. troops.

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"I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I’ve seen,” Trump told a reporter in Switzerland last week where he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos. “I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops.”

Iraq: Anti-ISIS operations with US are resuming .
Joint military operations between coalition and Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group will resume, the Iraqi military said, after a nearly three-week pause that saw tensions between Washington and Tehran come to a boiling point. © AYMAN HENNA/AFP via Getty Images A picture taken on January 13, 2020, during a press tour organised by the US-led coalition fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group, shows a member the US forces walking past a drone in the Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

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