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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion after an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base where U.S. forces were stationed, the U.S. military said on Thursday, after initially saying no service members were hurt.
The attack was retaliation for a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3 that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
President Donald Trump and the U.S. military had said there were no casualties after the strike on the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq and a facility in its northern Kurdish region.
Pentagon desperately asks for do-over after sending ‘mistake’ letter to Iraqi government about withdrawal
A letter sent to the Iraqi government and circulated on Monday that appeared to claim the U.S. was preparing to withdraw from Iraq was a draft that "should not have been released," according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.
Thousands of additional paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division will soon deploy to U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, a Defense Department spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose.
The deployment comes in response to threats of retaliation from Iran for the killing of top military commander Qassim Suleimani in an American air strike on Thursday night.
ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's compound disappeared in a mushroom cloud after being obliterated by a U.S. airstrike following the successful Oct. 26 Delta Force raid, according to video released by the Pentagon on Wednesday.
"It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now," said Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command.
McKenzie, who was the operational commander for the special operations raid into northwest Syria, revealed more details about the mission during a Pentagon news briefing.
The Pentagon moved CENTCOM to South Carolina for a day because its forward HQ is a 'sitting duck' for Iranian attacks
Recent Iranian success at striking military and civilian infrastructure targets in the Persian Gulf region have led the American military to practice switching operational control of military operations from bases located within range of Iranian missiles to bases in the United States that are out of harm's way.
It sure would be nice to know what the hell is going on in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently claimed the U.S. military had killed more than 1,000 Taliban fighters in little more than a week – because body counts worked so well in Vietnam – and President Donald Trump said during his speech commemorating the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks that the United States had gone on the offensive against the Taliban.
"The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue," Trump said, without elaborating further.
It's clear that Afghanistan is the new hotness, but the only people who aren't talking about how the strategic situation has changed since Trump abruptly ended peace talks with the Taliban via tweet are the U.S. military leaders in charge of actually fighting the war.