President Donald Trump reassured Americans that no U.S. troops were harmed when Iran retaliated against Trump’s strike on Qassem Soleimani, attacking two Iraqi bases where American soldiers were housed.
But U.S. military officials reported that 11 troops were injured in the attacks, directly contradicting Trump’s earlier statements to the public, according to The New York Times.
On January 8 — the morning after the Iranian strikes — Trump tweeted: ““I’m pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.”
However, Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for United States Central Command, told The Times in a statement: “While no U.S. servicemembers were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed.”
Urban also said that injured troops were taken to Germany and Kuwait for further medical screening at U.S. military sites, but added they are likely to return to Iraq once they have fully recovered from their injuries.