U.S. military facilities in Kuwait and Germany treated 11 service members for possible brain injuries suffered during the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Friday.
The attack was retaliation for a Jan. 3 drone strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
“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,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban said in the statement.
Several service members were initially treated for concussion symptoms, he said.
Urban did not specify which service branch the service members belong to. Eight were sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany; three went to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
“When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening,” Urban said in the statement. “The health and welfare of our personnel is a top priority and we will not discuss any individual’s medical status.”
A report in Defense One cited a senior U.S. defense official as saying the affected troops reported symptoms of concussions a week after the missile attack.