More TBIs reported from Iran missile strike

The number of American service members suffering from traumatic brain injury has tripled, the Pentagon said.
1:21 | 01/25/20

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New injuries being reported this morning from those Iranian air strikes on U.S. Positions over in Iraq earlier this month. The Pentagon now saying the number of American service members suffering from traumatic brain injury has tripled. ABC's Julia Macfarlane is in London with details. Julia, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. The announcement contradicts initial statements from the Pentagon that no Americans were harmed in the attacks earlier this month. Now we know 34 service members suffered traumatic brain injury related to the January 8th attack when Iran fired missiles into the Al Asad air base in now half of the injured have returned to work. The remaining 17 service members have been flown to Germany and the U.S. For further treatment. The updated figure is more than three times the reported number last week when the Pentagon acknowledged that 11 service members were suspected of having concussion-related injury. Now, reacting to that news, earlier this week while at Davos for the world economic forum president trump said he had heard they had headaches and I can report it is not very serious. Adding that he did not consider the injuries as severe as those suffered by troops hit by roadside bombs in Iraq. At a press conference yesterday, the Pentagon's chief spokesman said the symptoms were associated with concussion adding that some had worsened over time. Eva? Julia Macfarlane, thank you.

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