11 US Troops In Hospitals After Last Week’s Iranian Attack In Iraq

U.S. Soldiers and journalists stand near a crater caused by Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020.
U.S. Soldiers and journalists stand near a crater caused by Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020.

The U.S. military says 11 service members are in hospitals after displaying concussion symptoms, following Iran’s attack last week on Iraqi bases where U.S. troops were stationed.

Iran’s ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi bases was launched in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central command, said in a statement Thursday, “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.”

U.S. soldiers stand amid damage at a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020.
U.S. soldiers stand amid damage at a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020.

The service members are in hospitals in Germany and Kuwait.

“When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq,” Urban said.

U.S. President Donald Trump had said after Iran’s attack in Iraq that no U.S. forces were injured.

Hours after Iran’s missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq, the country’s Revolutionary Guard mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines plane in Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

Iran initially said mechanical problems caused the commercial jetliner to go down, before admitting days later that Iranian military personnel mistakenly shot down the plane.

Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystayko gestures while speaking to the media during a news conference in Kyiv,…
 Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystayko gestures while speaking to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan. 10, 2020.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told parliament Friday an Iranian official would visit Ukraine next week. Prystaiko said the Iranian government is willing to give Ukraine the plane’s voice recorders and flight data after they had been examined by a group of investigators from Iran, Canada and Ukraine.

The foreign minister also said Ukraine wants Iran to release a formal document admitting its guilt.

When speaking with reporters Thursday, Prystaiko said Ukrainian and Iranian officials also “have to have [an] open conversation about what [the Iranian] investigation brings, who’s to blame, and then we will want to know what sort of compensation” Iran plans to provide to the victims.

In response to a question about Iran’s cooperation, Prystaiko said, “So far we’re OK with what they’re doing.”

Prystaiko’s comments came as Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years.

Khamenei said Iran would not succumb to pressure from the “American clowns” who imposed damaging sanctions on Iran and who pretend to support Iran while poised to stick their “poisoned dagger” into its back.

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