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The truth about US casualties in the Iran attack is slowly coming out

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We may never know the full extent of US casualties from Iran’s retaliatory missile attack on 8 January against two Iraqi air bases hosting US troops but for now at least, more information is gradually starting to surface, contradicting statements by President Donald Trump that “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties.” It is reasonable to be sceptical of attempts to downplay and disregard any serious casualties or fatalities from the attacks, dubbed “Operation Martyr Soleimani” after the assassinated Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani, which prompted Iran’s “proportionate” response.

From the immediate aftermath, Iranian media outlets claimed that there were at least 80 US fatalities and up to 200 wounded based on “informed sources”, which should come as no surprise given the vast influence Iran commands in neighbouring Iraq, with its spies infiltrating every aspect of Iraqi political life, according to leaked intelligence reports in November last year. “All of the Iraqi Army’s intelligence — consider it yours,” was a message Lieutenant General Hatem Al-Maksusi conveyed to Tehran. CNN initially reported that there were only casualties among Iraqi personnel but did not continue with this angle on the story.

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It would only emerge just over a week later that the Pentagon acknowledged that 11 US soldiers were injured in the incident, having been flown to medical facilities in Germany and Kuwait for screening of “possible brain injuries” allegedly after experiencing concussion. It has been suggested that the Pentagon sat on this information for political purposes, although this has been denied and it has insisted it was unaware of the numbers until a week after the attack.

Every week a new group of US soldiers injuries revealed

More U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq to Germany for 'potential concussion injuries' from the Iranian missile attack of Jan. 8, U.S. defence officials said Tuesday.https://t.co/f7RN9VEzZVhttps://t.co/ypT7XPyP6F

— Elijah J. Magnier (@ejmalrai) January 22, 2020

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