Pentagon: 34 US troops had brain injuries from Iran's strike

The Pentagon said 34 U.S. service members were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after an Iranian missile strike on an Iraq base housing American troops. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says 34 U.S. troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries suffered in this month’s Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base.

Half of the troops have returned to their duties, while the others are still under observation.

The 34 total is more than previously reported. President Donald Trump had initially said he was told that no troops had been injured in the Jan. 8 strike.

The military said symptoms were not immediately apparent, and that in some cases, the concussion-like symptoms appeared days later.

After the first reports that some troops had been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, Trump referred to the injuries as “headaches.”

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