|[Published: Tuesday February 11 2020]
US troops suffer brain injuries from Iran raid
WASHINGTON 11 Feb (ANA) - The number of US troops suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) after an Iranian attack on a US base in Iraq in January has risen to 109, according to US officials.
The figure is a significant increase from the 64 injured service members previously reported by the Pentagon.
President Donald Trump initially said no Americans were injured in the raid.
The attack on 8 January came amid tensions over the US killing of an Iranian general.
Nearly 70% of the injured service members have returned to their duties, the Pentagon added in its statement.
Mr Trump originally cited the supposed lack of injuries in his decision not to strike back against Iran.
The rising number of reported cases results from the mild form of injury which means symptoms take time to manifest, the Pentagon said in a news conference in January.
US Republican lawmaker Joni Ernst called for more answers on Monday.(ANA)
FA/ANA/11 February 2020-----