Eleven U.S. soldiers injured and flown out of Iraq after Iranian strike on U.S. base

Military changes report

The U.S. initially said no military personnel were hurt in Iran’s missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq but they have now changed their report. 

U.S. Central Command said Thursday that 11 soldiers stationed at an Iraqi airbase that was a target in Iran’s retaliatory attack Jan. 7 were taken out of Iraq for medical attention.

“While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Sadad airbase, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement.

“As a standard procedure, all personnel in the vicinity of a blast are screened for traumatic brain injury, and if deemed appropriate are transported to a higher level of care,” added Urban. 

“In the days following the attack, out of an abundance of caution, some service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, others were sent to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening. The health and welfare of our personnel is a top priority and we will not discuss any individual’s medical status.

“At this time, eight individuals have been transported to Landstuhl, and three have been transported to Camp Arifjan.”

On Jan. 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. 

The attack was just days after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. Qassem Soliemani, commander of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force was killed at about 1 a.m. local time in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday, Jan. 3. 

U.S. forces carried out a drone airstrike that targeted two vehicles. Soliemani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy chief of Iraq’s Tehran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) were killed along with 10 companions and bodyguards.

Right after Iran’s attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, eight soldiers were initially flown out of Iraq.

On Jan. 8 U.S. President Donald Trump said no U.S. troops were harmed in the Iranian attack. He addressed the U.S. people from the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington about the Iranian missile attack on two bases in Iraq.

“I’m pleased to inform you, the American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.  We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”