U.S. Soldiers Treated For Concussions Following Iranian Air Strikes
By BIll Galluccio
January 17, 2020
Eleven U.S. service members stationed in Iraq were treated for concussions following an Iranian missile attack on January 8. While no troops were killed in the attack, Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said that it is standard procedure for soldiers to undergo a screening for brain trauma following an attack.
"While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," Urban said in a statement. "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."
Urban said that eight troops were transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and three were taken to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait to receive additional screenings. The soldiers are expected to return to Iraq after the medical tests are completed.
The Iranian missile attack was in retaliation for an American drone strike that killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. U.S. troops were given advanced notice of the impending attack, and Iranian officials claimed the strikes were not intended to kill any soldiers.
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