Several US soldiers were injured in Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on base in Iraq


Washington – The U.S. Central Command said Thursday that several U.S. soldiers were injured in an Iranian missile attack on two bases in Iraq earlier this month.

“While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command said.

“As a standard procedure, 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 explained.

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, worshippers chant slogans during Friday prayers ceremony, as a banner show Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, left, and Iraqi Shiite senior militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack on Jan. 3.

In the days following the attack, some service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base in Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, while others were sent to Camp Arifja in Kuwait for precautionary follow-on screening, he added.

“At this time, eight individuals have been transported to Landstuhl, and three have been transported to Camp Arifjan,” the spokesman added.

Iran fired dozens of ballistic missiles at two bases hosting U.S. forces in Iraq on Jan. 8. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Tehran said the attack was revenge for the killing of a top Iranian general.

Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s elite Quds force, died in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad’s airport in early January.