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Iran missile strike: 50 US troops now diagnosed with brain injuries

Trump and other officials initially said 8 January attack on Iraq airbase had not killed or injured any US service members

The Pentagon said on Tuesday 50 US service members were now diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, 16 more than the military had previously announced.

Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s 8 January attack had not killed or injured any US service members.

US military recovers two bodies from air force plane that crashed in Afghanistan

  • Only two service members where onboard surveillance plane
  • US denies Taliban claim that they shot down aircraft

The United States has recovered the remains of two American service members killed in the crash of an air force plane in Afghanistan.

They were the only two people onboard the air force E-11A electronic surveillance aircraft when it went down on Monday in Ghazni province, a US defense official said on Tuesday.

US confirms jet crashed in Afghanistan – but disputes it was downed

Taliban claim they shot down US air force E-11A plane over territory near Ghazni city

The US military has confirmed one of its aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan but said there was “no indication the crash was caused by enemy fire”.

A Taliban spokesman claims the group shot down the plane over territory they control near Ghazni city.

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Veterans criticize Trump's downplaying of US troops' brain injuries

Several US veterans’ organizations call for president to apologize for remarks about injuries suffered by service members in Iraq

Veterans of Foreign Wars, a prominent organization advocating for US military veterans, has called for Donald Trump to apologize for remarks downplaying brain injuries recently suffered by nearly three dozen American service members in Iraq.

Pentagon says 34 US soldiers suffered traumatic brain injury in Iran strike

  • Trump downplayed injuries: ‘I heard they had headaches’
  • Expert calls president’s comment ‘insulting and disrespectful’

Thirty-four US soldiers have been diagnosed with concussion or traumatic brain injury from an 8 January Iranian missile attack on their base in Iraq, the Pentagon has revealed.

The Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said on Friday that eight service members who had been previously transported to Germany had been moved to the United States.

Iraqi cleric's supporters take to streets in call for removal of US troops

Moqtada al-Sadr aide calls for end to joint security deals and closure of airspace to US military

Thousands of supporters of the populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have gathered in Baghdad for a rally to demand the removal of US troops from the country, putting the protest-hit capital on edge.

The march rattled the separate, months-old protest movement that has gripped Baghdad and the Shia-majority south since October, demanding a government overhaul, early elections and more accountability.

Trump downplays brain injuries suffered by US troops in Iran missile strike

‘I heard they had headaches … but it’s not very serious,’ Trump said after 11 service members were treated for concussion symptoms

Donald Trump has downplayed the brain injuries suffered by US personnel in Iran’s missile attacks on bases where they were stationed earlier this month, as the military announced additional troops were being flown from Iraq for treatment for possible injuries and that more may follow.

Pentagon causing toxic pollution by burning foam, campaigners say

Environmentalists say incinerating a vast stockpile of firefighting foam containing harmful PFAS is putting communities at risk

The Department of Defense is polluting the environment with toxic chemicals by continuing to incinerate a vast stockpile of firefighting foam in a move environmentalists say is in breach of new regulations.