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No intention of attacking American interests in Kuwait – 109 troops hurt

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 11, (Agencies): The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Kuwait, Mohammad Irani, says his country has no intention of attacking American interests in Kuwait and pointed out that the Kuwaiti authorities have assured Tehran that Kuwait will not be used as a launching pad to target Iran, reports Al-Rai daily.

Iranian demonstrators burn a U.S. flag during a rally at Azadi (Freedom) Square celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.Hundreds of thousands across Iran mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid some of the highest tensions with Washington in decades while Iran’s president denounces America and urges the crowds to vote in parliamentary elections this month. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

He also praised the depth and development in the Kuwaiti- Iranian relations. He said this in a press statement on the sidelines of the celebration held by the Iranian embassy on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the victory of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

The number of US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries has shot up to more than 100, the Pentagon said Monday, as more troops suffer the aftereffects of the Iranian ballistic missile attack early last month in Iraq.

The department said the latest total is 109 military members who have been treated for mild TBI, a significant increase over the 64 reported a little over a week ago. The number of injuries has been steadily increasing since the Pentagon began releasing data on the injuries about a week after the Jan 8 attack at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. Pentagon officials have warned that the number would continue to change.

The department said 76 of the service members have returned to duty, while 26 are in Germany or the United States for treatment, and another seven are on their way from Iraq to Germany for evaluation and treatment. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Pentagon reporters more than a week ago that the department was studying ways to prevent brain injuries on the battlefield and to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Army Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it’s possible, in some cases, that symptoms of TBI from the Iranian missile attack won’t become apparent for a year or two. He said the Army is in the early stages of diagnosis and therapy for the troops. In a statement Monday, Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah credited medical professionals with provide care “which has enabled nearly 70 percent of those diagnosed to return to duty. We must continue to address physical and mental health together.”

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