Iran's rocket attacks on an army base in Iraq in early January have injured 34 Americans, the Pentagon reports on Friday. With this, the American authorities return to their statement last week that 11 soldiers were slightly injured in the attack.
According to the Pentagon, all soldiers would have suffered a slight brain injury during the attack. Seventeen injured people have been declared healthy and working again, said Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman.
Initially, US President Donald Trump insisted that no soldiers had been injured or killed. He returned to that last week, but on Wednesday he downplayed the soldiers' injuries by saying that the wounded "had a headache and a few other things."
Iran fired several missiles at the Ain Al Asad airbase in western Iraq in early January, where about 1,500 Americans were stationed at the time of the retaliation. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) immediately claimed responsibility.
With the attacks, Iran took revenge for the death of General Qassem Soleimani who was killed early this month in an American drone attack in Baghdad.
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