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Over 30 U.S. service members diagnosed with brain injuries following Iran attack

(NBC) — Thirty-four U.S. service members were diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injuries after the Iranian airstrikes on the Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq earlier this month, the Pentagon's chief spokesman stated Friday.

Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases on Jan. 8 in retribution for the U.S. killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, an influential and powerful Iranian military commander.

Jonathan Hoffman (Pentagon spokesman) confirmed Friday that eight of the U.S. service members who obtained diagnoses were sent to a hospital in Germany. The service members were then taken back to the U.S. where they will receive treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Hoffman also said nine were still in Germany.

Seventeen of the service members who received concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) were back on active duty in Iraq, Hoffman stated to reporters. No deaths have been reported in the Ain al-Asad Air Base attack.

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