Iranian missile strike injures 50 troops: Pentagon

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The Pentagon now says that 50 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after an Iranian missile strike earlier this month.

The agency previously said that 34 troops had been injured in the Iranian attacks.

In an earlier statement, the Department of Defense explained that Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles that targeted U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq on January 7.

The attack was an act of retaliation against the U.S. after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian Revolution Guard general.

Thirty-one of the soldiers were treated in Iraq and have since returned to duty, Reuters reports, citing a statement. Eighteen troops have been sent to Germany for further treatment while one was sent to Kuwait and has since returned to duty.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of traumatic brain injury include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to noise or light.

The Trump administration has been criticized for taking so long to reveal the extent of casualties caused by the Iranian missile attack, reports BBC News.

U.S. President Donald Trump initially said that no U.S. soldier had been injured right after the attack, before raising the number of casualties to 34 and now 50.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Amount of troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran's missile strike
2. How many missiles Iran launched towards U.S. forces stationed in Iraq
3. Where the soldiers were treated
4. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The Pentagon now says that 50 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after an Iranian missile strike earlier this month."

"The agency previously said that 34 troops had been injured in the Iranian attacks."

"In an earlier statement, the Department of Defense explained that Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles that targeted U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq on January 7."

"Citing a statement from the Pentagon, Reuters reports that 31 of the soldiers were treated in Iraq and have since returned to duty."

"Eighteen troops have been sent to Germany for further treatment while one was sent to Kuwait and has since returned to duty."

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of traumatic brain injury include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to noise or light."

SOURCES: BBC News, NPR, Department of Defense, Reuters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Times of Israel
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51301825
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/29/800770355/pentagon-now-says-50-troops-not-34-suffered-brain-injuries-in-iran-strike
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2052103/dod-statement-on-iranian-ballistic-missile-attacks-in-iraq/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-casualties/u-s-says-50-troops-now-diagnosed-with-traumatic-brain-injury-after-iran-strike-idUSKBN1ZS057
https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/symptoms.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pentagon-now-says-50-troops-suffered-brain-injuries-in-iran-missile-strike/