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U.S. says 50 troops now diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

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The Pentagon said on Tuesday 50 U.S. service members were now diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, 16 more than the military had previously announced.

President Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran's Jan. 8 attack had not killed or injured any U.S. service members.

"As of today, 50 U.S. service members have been diagnosed" with traumatic brain injury, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Campbell said in a statement about injuries in the attack on the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq.

Symptoms of concussive injuries include headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and nausea.

Thirty-one of the 50 were treated in Iraq and returned to duty, including 15 of those diagnosed most recently, Campbell said.

Eighteen of the total have been sent to Germany for further evaluation and treatment, and one was sent to Kuwait and has since returned to duty, he said.

"This is a snapshot in time and numbers can change," Campbell said.

In its previous update on Friday, the Pentagon had put the number of those injured at 34.

Trump last week appeared to play down the injuries, saying he "heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things."

That prompted criticism from a U.S. war veterans group. William Schmitz, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said on Friday the group "expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks."

According to Pentagon data, about 408,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000.

Iran fired missiles at Ain al-Asad in retaliation for the U.S. killing of a top Revolutionary Guard general, Qassem Soleimani, in a drone strike at Baghdad airport on Jan. 3.

The missile attacks capped a spiral of violence that had started in late December, and both sides have refrained from further military escalation.

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According to Donny thats not an injury, nothing as serious as bonesupurs.

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According to the stable, they only got headaches (ie, "No one knows more about headaches than me.")

Trump Dismisses Troops’ Possible Brain Injuries as ‘Headaches’

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/world/middleeast/trump-iraq-brain-injuries.html

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Wow, what a great assessment by donny when the strikes first happened.

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So, did he apologize?

Quote: That prompted criticism from a U.S. war veterans group. William Schmitz, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said on Friday the group "expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks."

9 ( +9 / -0 )

The Pentagon said on Tuesday 50 U.S. service members

Trump went on national TV lying 'No Americans were harmed...'

A couple days later it was 11,

then 34,

now 50.

The most dishonest president (impeached) ever. How can anyone besides his most ardent followers believe a single word he says.

He continues to show a callous disregard for those in uniform, which should come as no surprise given he's a privileged class brat who's spent his life taking from the country while avoiding having to give anything back. Anyone seen his most current tax info.

Trump's a disgrace to the office; he'll wear the scarlet letter I and have an asterisk by his name forever.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Trump has backed up his initial statement with the following-

"Those soldiers are only talked about because they got headaches. I like soldiers who don't get headaches"

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Those soldiers are only talked about because they got headaches. I like soldiers who don't get headaches"

And Trump's followers parrot him, especially the far right chickehawks claiming those in the military are expendable.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

It's just one disrespect, insult, slur, snub after another to our military heroes from this draft-dogging coward and serial lair...

Could you imagine if Mattis or Kelly were still on his staff and he said this - they'd cold-cock him...

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Sounds to me like this might be related to what used to be called "shell shock" in World War 1. Bad cases of that had to be invalided out of the army.

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This is very normal. No one injured is not possible. trump always lies.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Right. And only one person was slightly injured when a mortar scored a direct hit on the canteen at 7:30 pm on Sunday 26th January 2020. I am guessing these cover-ups are a part of government, business and military life.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

PS On the US Embassy canteen in Baghdad.

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"According to Pentagon data, about 408,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000."

Hello Trump haters... read it again!!! ... Since 2000 AD ... until today all the problems are caused by Trump. yeah ...

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

So what do the Trump haters want? More military intervention?

Afaic, Trump was correct in limiting this to a tit for tat and exchange of rethoric.

Meanwhile, I think he is wrong in not more strongly supporting the democracy movement in Iran.

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Hello Trump haters... read it again!!! ... Since 2000 AD ... until today all the problems are caused by Trump. yeah ...

Uh, yeah - and Trump just said they all have "minor headaches" - you agree with that?

So what do the Trump haters want? More military intervention?

Heck no, I want the lying SOB impeached and thrown out before he starts another war, or imprisons more children at the border, or runs up the deficit to even a higher record high, or says more white supremacists are "very fine people"...

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So what do the Trump haters want? More military intervention?

If it takes the military to remove this criminal pathological liar, sure.

Contrary to "popular" opinion, the American people (civilian & serving overseas) aren't stupid. Quite the opposite & they will only put up with so many lies and foreign misadventures for so long.

Rise up, America. Rise up and be free.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

So liberals even support a military coup if it get rid of Orangemanbad. Craziness abounds.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

So liberals even support a military coup if it get rid of Orangemanbad.

For even a nutter this is nutty.

Craziness abounds.

In nutterland it never stops.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

So liberals even support a military coup if it get rid of Orangemanbad. Craziness abounds.

You'd have to ask a liberal.

Why do alt right types support a coward who dodged serving, a criminal, a liar and a bigot who has isolated your country and turned millions of hearts against the US?

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All empires eventually crumble. The US is no different. It can't continue endlessly arranging the world as it sees fit. Even the worst of the poorly educated alt right hacks currently filing copy realize this.

Sometimes it's the military, sometimes it's the people, sometimes it's outside influences.

I hope it's the people. But in the meantime, expect more soldiers on the ground getting wounded and losing their lives because of a stupid, corrupt coward at the helm.

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Trump has backed up his initial statement with the following-

"Those soldiers are only talked about because they got headaches. I like soldiers who don't get headaches"

Sure browny1, just make up stuff and post it. Trump did not say that. He said he didn't consider the traumatic brain injuries serious compared to other injuries he's seen, like limbs blown off.

He's done his best to keep U.S. troops out of harm's way, like pulling them out of the area in Syria near the Turkish border where the Turkish military was poised to attack groups they are in conflict with, not to mention not launching a major attack on Iran even after Iran shot down a U.S. drone and launched the missiles that caused the brain injuries, which would most likely have resulted in a wider war.

If Clinton had become president instead of Trump. we'd likely have been in a war before this.

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He's done his best to keep U.S. troops out of harm's way, like pulling them out of the area in Syria near the Turkish border where the Turkish military was poised to attack groups they are in conflict with

Cut and ran and abandoned an ally - and gave it all to Russia...Putin really appreciated that....

...not to mention not launching a major attack on Iran even after Iran shot down a U.S. drone and launched the missiles that caused the brain injuries,

Ah, the famous Trump "Red Line" - if you retaliate, we wipe out 52 of your sites. You retaliated? OK, now if you do it again we'll wipe out 52 of your sites...

which would most likely have resulted in a wider war.

Then why'd he kill Soleimani in the first place - wag the dog?

If Clinton had become president instead of Trump. we'd likely have been in a war before this.

Wrong. We'd still be in the nuclear treaty and Iran would likely be de-nuclearizing...instead of building towards a nuke - and a war with the US...

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Iranian weapons are apparently so effective they can harm US troops without even hitting them.

50 troops need therapy just from hearing an Iranian bomb explode.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

No one is hurt, thats impossible. In an attack, people will get hurt.

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Iranian weapons are apparently so effective they can harm US troops without even hitting them.

50 troops need therapy just from hearing an Iranian bomb explode.

Yea, wonder how these Russian troops feel.....

https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-us-forces-killed-more-than-200-russian-fighters-in-syria-attack

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Cut and ran and abandoned an ally - and gave it all to Russia...Putin really appreciated that....

The troops that were pulled out of there and their family members and friends appreciate Trump's decision, even if you don't.

Ah, the famous Trump "Red Line" - if you retaliate, we wipe out 52 of your sites. You retaliated? OK, now if you do it again we'll wipe out 52 of your sites...

And if he'd ordered an attack, you'd call him a warmonger.

Then why'd he kill Soleimani in the first place - wag the dog?

Thousands of U.S. troops killed or maimed by Soleimani's roadside bombs, for one, the attack on the U.S. embassy by proxy groups in Baghdad for another, among other atrocities.

If Clinton had become president instead of Trump. we'd likely have been in a war before this.

Wrong. We'd still be in the nuclear treaty and Iran would likely be de-nuclearizing...instead of building towards a nuke - and a war with the US...

You just showed your ignorance of that Iran deal. Iran was not going to de-nuke, they were still moving toward acquiring nukes, it was just going to take them 10 years or so. Look it up.

And you think Clinton would have met with Kim for peace talks? Not likely.

Too easy!

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Yea, wonder how these Russian troops feel.....

https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-us-forces-killed-more-than-200-russian-fighters-in-syria-attack

So much for Trump being Putin's puppet, eh, lincolnman?

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So much for Trump being Putin's puppet, eh, lincolnman?

That was the CENTCOM Commander's decision - Donnie no doubt was livid and had him fired afterward - and then apologized to his Master...you know, its in those meetings and telephone calls between the two there's no record of...

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Cut and ran and abandoned an ally - and gave it all to Russia...Putin really appreciated that....

The troops that were pulled out of there and their family members and friends appreciate Trump's decision, even if you don't.

Sure, what about the 20K that he's sent to the Middle East? Sure is "bringing the troops home", huh?

https://apnews.com/2208d8645ac0437024ac71c06fcfb8e1

Ah, the famous Trump "Red Line" - if you retaliate, we wipe out 52 of your sites. You retaliated? OK, now if you do it again we'll wipe out 52 of your sites...

And if he'd ordered an attack, you'd call him a warmonger.

I'd call him a warmonger anyway - what do you call a NEOCON? America's enemies call him weak and a blinker...

Then why'd he kill Soleimani in the first place - wag the dog?

Thousands of U.S. troops killed or maimed by Soleimani's roadside bombs, for one, the attack on the U.S. embassy by proxy groups in Baghdad for another, among other atrocities.

Thousands of US troops killed by North Korea, and Otto Warmbier, but Donnie sends Kim love letters...

If Clinton had become president instead of Trump. we'd likely have been in a war before this.

Wrong. We'd still be in the nuclear treaty and Iran would likely be de-nuclearizing...instead of building towards a nuke - and a war with the US...

You just showed your ignorance of that Iran deal. Iran was not going to de-nuke, they were still moving toward acquiring nukes, it was just going to take them 10 years or so. Look it up.

Look it up where, Russia Today? Get real - the deal was working towards Iran de-nuking and the IAEA said they were complying. Donnie blew it up and killed Soleimani - just like the NEOCONs and Putin wanted...

And you think Clinton would have met with Kim for peace talks? Not likely.

I'm sure she wouldn't have, and get played like Donnie has - three Summits and Kim has more nukes, more missiles and some love letters...what a joke...

Too easy...

That's what Stormy said...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Trump just said what was politically expedient for him at the time. No regrets.

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He said what he knew to be true at the time based on what he was told.

that also Deescalated the situation and denied all you liberals the world war 3 you needed just to help your impeachment trial turn out in your favor. Sorry, not sorry.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

lincolnman:

Cut and ran and abandoned an ally - and gave it all to Russia...Putin really appreciated that....

What are your rambling about? This makes no sense at all. What are your referring to??

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that also Deescalated the situation and denied all you liberals the world war 3 you needed just to help your impeachment trial turn out in your favor.

He escalated the situation and almost brought it to WWIII.

You don't think we're going to accept your silly attempts to reframe reality do you?

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Dr. Donny already told us these were just headaches.

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> Iranian weapons are apparently so effective they can harm US troops without even hitting them.

50 troops need therapy just from hearing an Iranian bomb explode.

Yeah, because that’s exactly how ballistic missiles work: they have to hit you to be harmful. The sudden, massive changes in air pressure couldn’t be harmful at all.

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He said what he knew to be true at the time based on what he was told.

Sorry, "true" and "Trump" aren't allowed to be mentioned in the same sentence...didn't you read the "Art of the Steal"?

that also Deescalated the situation and denied all you liberals the world war 3 you needed just to help your impeachment trial turn out in your favor. Sorry, not sorry.

Guess your mistake Libs for NEOCONs, like the Great Orange NEOCON in the White House...

Besides, the Repubs own "Mr NEOCON" just nailed the impeachment...and Donnie's conviction...

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