Pentagon nearly triples number of troops injured in Jan. 8 Iran missile strike, bringing number with brain injuries to 34. The announcement came two days after President Donald Trump, who initially said no Americans were injured in the strike, downplayed the extent of injuries. There were no fatalities. The Jan. 8 Iranian strikes on bases in western Iraq appeared aimed at avoiding mass casualties among U.S. Troops hunkered down there. The missiles were launched in retaliation for a U.S. Operation that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran's most powerful military commander, in early January. Ref. USAToday.