A Total Of 34 US Troops Soldiers Were Left With Concussions

It was first mentioned that 11 US troops had suffered concussions

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Army commanders tour the operations sectors of the Iraqi army Seventh Brigade, at the start of the eighth phase of the operation, in Anbar, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. An Iraqi general said Sunday that security has been beefed up around the Ain al-Asad air base, a sprawling complex in the western Anbar desert that hosts U.S. forces, following a series of attacks. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Thirty-four American troops suffered concussions during the Iranian missile attack on a base in Iraq earlier this month following the killing of Revolutionary Guards Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon said.

Eight U.S. troops have since returned to the U.S. for additional treatment, Jonathan Hoffman, the chief spokesman for the Department of Defense, said Friday.

Half of the 34 injured troops have returned to duty in Iraq, he added.

The Jan. 8 explosions at the base — where about 1,500 Americans and coalition forces are stationed — created large craters, knocked over concrete barriers and destroyed facilities that house dozens of soldiers.

U.S. forces first used the base after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Later, American troops were stationed there amid the fight against the Islamic State terror network.

Trump visited the sprawling airbase in December 2018, his first presidential visit to troops in the region.

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