A view of the damage at Ain al-Asad military airbase housing US and other foreign troops in western Iraq, January 13. (Ayman Henna/AFP via Getty Images)

Over 100 US Troops Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Iranian Attack

The US military has disclosed that over 100 personnel have now been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries resulting from last month’s Iranian ballistic missile attack on the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq. Initially, top Pentagon officials, in addition to President Donald Trump, insisted that no American casualties had been incurred in the strikes, which followed the killing of Iranian Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3. The contradiction has placed added scrutiny on the White House, with some suggesting that the injuries were not immediately disclosed in order to justify a nonresponse to what tentatively appears to be have been the culmination of a months-long tit-for-tat in military exchanges between Washington and Tehran. Meanwhile, Iranians on Tuesday took to the streets en masse to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which brought Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to power. According to reports, supporters of the regime in Tehran carried banners saying “Death to America” and “We will resist until the end.” Iranian state media reported that gatherings would take place in more than 5,000 places across the country during the course of the day.

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