The Iranian missile attack on a US air force base in Iraq in early January injured significantly more US soldiers than previously reported. 34 have suffered traumatic brain injuries, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said. Half of those affected are now back in military service. The other 17 are still under medical surveillance, it said.
After the attack on the Ain al-Asad base on the night of January 8, US President Donald Trump initially said that not a single US soldier was harmed. The US armed forces later announced that at least eleven soldiers had been injured. Trump described the explosion-induced concussion symptoms as a "headache" and said the cases were not as serious as injuries that involved limb loss.
With the missile attack, Tehran responded to the targeted killing of Iranian general Kassem Soleimani in a US drone attack in Iraq. The killing of the general had exacerbated tensions between the United States and Iran and raised concerns about war between the two parties to the conflict. The situation has now eased somewhat.