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World US troops were injured in Iran missile attack despite Pentagon initially saying there were no casualties

05:08  17 january  2020
05:08  17 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Trump says 'all is well' after a barrage of Iranian missiles rained down on US forces in Iraq

  Trump says 'all is well' after a barrage of Iranian missiles rained down on US forces in Iraq In his first response to a missile attack by Iran on US forces in Iraq, President Donald Trump tweeted that 'all is well.'

Iran has carried out a ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for There were no reports of Iraqi casualties , he said . Just hours after the missile strikes a Ukrainian A stampede at the burial in Soleimani's hometown Kerman killed 50 people and injured 200 more on

U . S . intelligence agencies detected that Iran 's ballistic missile regiments were at a heightened On January 12, at least four troop members of Iraq's military got injured after seven mortar bombs The U . S . military initially assessed that there were no U . S . casualties ,[23] and President Trump later

Several US service members were injured during last week's Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place.

A picture of the destruction left at Al Asad base in Iraq after it was struck by Iranian missiles.© CNN A picture of the destruction left at Al Asad base in Iraq after it was struck by Iranian missiles.

"While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said in a statement Thursday.

"Out of an abundance of caution, service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening," the statement added.

Graham: Iran missile attack an 'act of war'

  Graham: Iran missile attack an 'act of war' Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Iran's decision to launch missiles at Iraqi bases that house U.S. military personnel "an act of war," and warned that unless Tehran backs down they will be "out of the oil business." "This was an act of war by any reasonable definition," Graham said during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity. "The president has all the authority he needs under Article II to respond." Graham, a top ally of President Trump's in the Senate, said the president should be focused on trying to "restore deterrence," and that the president wants behavioral change from the Iranian government but not "regime change.

“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U . S . military and coalition personnel at Al-Asad and Erbil,” Jonathan Hoffman, the Pentagon ’s chief spokesman, said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of casualties .

The US president said Iran appeared to be backing down after it fired the 22 missiles , but announced fresh sanctions on Iran and he singled out the It came as US officials speculated that Iran 'aimed to miss' when it fired missiles at US forces, it emerged there were no casualties in the rocket barrage.

A US military official told CNN that 11 service members had been injured in the attack, which was launched in retaliation for the US airstrikes that had killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani the previous week. Defense One was first to report on the injured service members. Following the attack the Pentagon said that no casualties had resulted from the 16 missiles fired by Iran.

Asked about the apparent discrepancy, a Defense official told CNN, "That was the commander's assessment at the time. Symptoms emerged days after the fact, and they were treated out of an abundance of caution."

"We corrected the record today," Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, told CNN. The Office of the Secretary of Defense "learned about these injuries today and directed a statement go out immediately."

US mulls sending more missile-defense systems to Middle East: report

  US mulls sending more missile-defense systems to Middle East: report Just over a week after Iran fired 16 ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops were stationed, the Pentagon is considering sending more missile-defense systems and other capabilities to the region, according to a report.Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy discussed the proposals with reporters Wednesday at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Military.com reported.

The Pentagon said it would take “necessary measures” to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities “ Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched

Meanwhile, the United States said Wednesday that while damage assessments were still underway, there were no reports of US casualties from the strike. Missile strikes targeted two bases—Erbil in northern Iraq and the large Al Asad in western Iraq. According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), U . S

The US military defines a casualty as either an injury or fatality involving personnel.

All soldiers in the immediate blast area were screened and assessed per standard procedure, according to the Defense Department.

"The current (Battle Damage Assessment) is, if you will, again, we can get you details, things like tentage, taxiways, the parking lot, a damaged helicopter, things like that; nothing that I would describe as major, at least as I note at this point in time. So that's the state of -- of the attack at this point as we know it. Most importantly, no casualties, no friendly casualties, whether they are US, coalition, contractor, etc.," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said last week.

No statement on the injuries had been widely distributed to the press as of 9 p.m. Thursday.

The news of the injuries come after Iran fired at two Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for Soleimani's killing in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration sought to cast its strike on Soleimani as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has described it as an "act of war" and "state terrorism." Soleimani had been the second most powerful official in the country.

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 troops were medevaced this week to Germany and Kuwait to be treated for traumatic brain Nearly one dozen American troops were wounded in Iran ’s Jan. 8 missile attack on Iraq’s al-Asad 8 that 11 Iranian missiles had caused “ no casualties , no friendly casualties , whether they are U . S

The missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases where U . S . military and coalition personnel are stationed, at Al-Asad The Pentagon said it was assessing whether any U . S . troops had been killed or injured in the attacks , but gave no immediate indications of casualties .

US officials have offered differing accounts of what they see as the motivations behind Iran's attack. Vice President Mike Pence said last week that the administration believes the strikes "were intended to kill Americans," and Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he believed that the attacks "were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel."

But a growing belief emerged among administration officials last week that Iran had deliberately missed areas populated by Americans. Multiple administration officials told CNN that Iran could have directed its missiles to areas populated by Americans, but intentionally did not. And those officials said Iran may have chosen to send a message rather than take action significant enough to provoke a substantial US military response, a possible signal the Trump administration was looking for a rationale to calm the tensions.

Iraq did receive a warning that the strike was coming and was able to take "necessary precautions," according to a statement from Iraq's Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi. A US defense official said that Iraq, in turn, warned the United States.

Iran's UN ambassador said last Friday that the Iraqi bases housing US troops had been primarily selected to demonstrate target accuracy, not to kill Americans, disputing public claims made by top Trump administration officials.

"We said before we took our military action that we would choose the timing and the place, and we chose the place where the attack against Soleimani was initiated," Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi told CNN's John Berman on "New Day" last Friday when asked about Pence's comments. "And we do not consider a high number of casualties as an instrumental element in our calculations."

This story has been updated with additional information on the attack.

Biden rebukes Trump 'headaches' comment on troop brain injuries .
Joe Biden slammed President Trump for brushing off brain injuries sustained by U.S. troops after Iranian missile strikes on Iraqi bases earlier this month. © Provided by Washington Examiner"When he was asked about it, he said, 'It's not very serious, it's just bad headaches.' Folks, this can't be sustained," Biden, 77, said at a presidential campaign town hall in Salem, New Hampshire, on Saturday. "Let's be clear about something. Hundreds of thousands of troops have suffered traumatic brain injuries. At this day, we still are dealing with the issue. They're real, and they are deadly serious.

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