REPORT: 46 U.S. Troops Injured by Drone and Rocket Attacks on U.S. Bases in Mideast

[Photo Credit: Sgt. Arjenis Nunez]

According to a Pentagon spokeswoman, numerous US soldiers were hurt on October 17 and 18, as a result of continuing drone strikes on bases in Syria and Iraq.

According to Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, there have been 46 injuries overall, which is more than twice as many as the 21 that the Pentagon first disclosed on October 25.

According to Ryder, although the wounds are deemed minor and the soldiers quickly went back to work, after a bomb there are usually tidings of traumatic brain injury because the symptoms can take days or weeks to manifest.

According to Ryder, there have been 38 attacks since October 17, eight of which occurred over the weekend, even if the strikes on October 17 and 18 are still the only ones that have claimed American lives.

Although they have refrained from stating that the rise in attacks is directly connected to US support for Israel, Defense Department officials have warned of an uptick in attacks on troops in the Middle East during the Israel-Hamas conflict.

In response to the bombings, the Pentagon issued two strike orders on Oct. 26 on facilities in Syria that are home to militias backed by Iran.

The United States has established two carrier strike groups in the eastern Mediterranean, along with an amphibious ready group carrying an embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit, several Air Force fighter squadrons, and numerous Army air defense units, in response to broader security concerns in the Middle East, including the need to protect American troops by force.

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