11 of United States troops were diagnosed with symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile was launched at the Iraqi base where the US forces were stationed. However, according to the US military, no service members were hurt.
The January 8 retaliation came about due to the US drone strike that killed the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad on January 3.
Most of the 1500 soldiers at the airbase at the time of the attack had hid themselves in a bunker to save themselves after continuous warning from superiors. US President, Donald Trump had said there were no casualties on the airbase in Iraq and its northern Kurdish region.
“While no US service members were killed in the January 8 Iranian attack on al-Asad airbase, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said in a statement on Thursday.
Notwithstanding, as a measure of caution, some service members were taken to the US premise in Germany and Kuwait for “follow-on-screenin”, he added.
“When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq.”