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Pentagon: 34 Troops Suffered Brain Injuries in Iran Strike

Damage at the Ain al-Asad air base in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Jan. 13.

Damage at the Ain al-Asad air base in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Jan. 13.

Photographer: Ayman Henna/AFP via Getty Images
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Washington (AP) -- The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on an Iraqi air base, and although half have returned to work, the casualty total belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. He later characterized the injuries as “not very serious.”

Eight of the injured arrived in the United States on Friday from Germany, where they and nine others had been flown days after the Jan. 8 missile strike on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base. The nine still in Germany are receiving treatment and evaluation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest U.S. military hospital outside the continental United States.