September 13, 2019 - BY Admin

Number of American Personnel Reported Injured by Iranian Missile Strike Rises to 64

ollowing limited Iranian missile strikes on U.S. Military bases in Iraq on January 8th, U.S. Department of Defence has revised its report on the number of U.S. Military who suffered brain injuries to 64. This followed multiple previous revisions in the preceding weeks, including reports that fifty had suffered brain injuries earlier in the week and prior reports the week before that under 40 had been affected. It remains uncertain what the final figure will be. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley stated regarding the injured personnel: “We'll continue to monitor them the rest of their lives, actually, and continue to provide whatever treatment is necessary. And we take great pride in the fact that these are our own and we're going to take care of them.”

Musudan Intermediate Ranged Strategic Ballistic Missile

The U.S. reportedly had prior warning of the Iranian missile attacks, which according to Tehran were intended to maximise damage to military facilities rather than to maximise casualties. Iranian air defences were placed on high alert after the strike, which led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian civilian airliner under mysterious circumstances. American F-35 stealth fighters were deployed for patrols near the Iranian border at this time. The precision demonstrated by the Iranian attack have led a number of officials and analysts to conclude that U.S. military facilities across the Middle East and Central Asia would be extremely vulnerable in the case of a major war with Iran - moreso in a conflict with high level adversaries fielding more sophisticated missiles such as North Korea and China. Iran also deploys longer ranged and heavier missiles as part of its strategic deterrent - which are aimed at striking targets in Western Europe. Iranian officials have since threatened a potential withdrawal from the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons - and following a relaxing of restrictions on its uranium enrichment Israeli intelligence has estimated that the county could build its first nuclear weapon by the end of 2020. Iran deploys multiple classes of North Korean ballistic missile which are thought to be capable of nuclear delivery, including the Shahab-3, the Emad, the Khorramshahr and the Musudan