A day after the number of American soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the Jan. 8 Iranian ballistic missile attack on Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq spiked once again — this time from 64 to 109 (before that going from zero to 11 to 34 to 50) — Iran's elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) which orchestrated the attack charged that the Pentagon is still hiding the true extent of casualties.
IRGC spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said on Tuesday at a rally marking the anniversary of the country's Islamic Revolution: "The word dead in the US lexicon has been changed with traumatic brain injury and they conceal their damages and tolls of our attack against Ein al-Assad," according to semi-official Fars.
He asserted that the United States is using the steadily rising TBI count to conceal that there were American troops killed in the attack.
Iranian state media had claimed in the immediate aftermath of the attack that scores were dead and wounded, which was immediately dismissed in the West as propaganda.
However, the Pentagon's steadily rising injury count has left many scratching their heads, and certainly shows Trump's prior dismissal of the injuries as but mere "headaches" to be the White House's own propaganda spin on the incident. It was later confirmed that many of the wounded had to be medevacked out of Iraq to Germany for treatment and observation, and some among those were taken back to the United States for continued observation.
The IRGC appears to be seizing upon the ever-changing injury count offered by the Pentagon as 'proof' the US is lying about the true nature of the Jan.8 ballistic missile attack.
Alluding to the Jan.3 US assassination by drone strike of Qassem Soleimani, Gen. Sharif added the following threat: "Rest assured that assassination of General Soleimani will make the US and Israel leave the region."
If indeed US personnel had died in the attack, this would have forced a US military response, paving the way for a massive war. It appears the White House downplayed initial casualties in the first place in order to avoid this scenario.
While it seems near impossible that the Pentagon could hide fatalities, something like head injuries appears easier to conceal and downplay — this appears precisely what happened.