Several American Military Units Suffered ‘Traumatic Brain Injuries’ in Syria
On March 30, 2023, the Defense Department reported that several American troops were injured after several attacks in Syria.
That day Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder announced that four US military members suffered traumatic brain injuries close to the Syrian city of Hasaka during a drone attack on March 23. During an attack on March 24, two additional military units suffered injuries at a mission support site.
“All personnel in the vicinity of a blast are screened for traumatic brain injury. So these additional injuries were identified during post-attack medical screenings,” Ryder said to a news briefing.
The Defense Department’s revelations point to an increased number of casualties of American occupation forces from strikes and counter-strikes in Syria towards the end of March. These strikes brought the total of US troops injured to 12. The attacks also resulted in the killing of a US mercenary and the injury of another soldier.
Per local officials, the US military does not openly publicize its casualties in occupied territories due to the danger its faces from resistance fighters. Instead, it uses the term “brain injuries” for fallen soldiers.
Officials claim that the term “brain injuries” actually lists off the number of dead, which the US is reluctant to formally announce. Throughout March, the US military carried out several air strikes in eastern Syria.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that the strikes in Syria directed against resistance fighter positions were signed off by President Joe Biden and were specifically designed to target facilities connected to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
That said, local sources claimed that the target was not an Iran-connected military installation as the US military asserted, but instead a rural development center and a grain center in the Hrabash neighborhood, close to the Dayr al-Zawr military airport. According to a report by Press TV, no Iranian was killed during these strikes.
It’s truly mind-blogging that the US still has a military presence in Syria, when it has a massive national security crisis taking place at its southern border. Moreover, with the multipolar order becoming stronger by each passing day, it’s only a matter of time before Iran-backed proxies — likely equipped with Russian armaments — dish out a massive attack against US forces that’s reminiscent of the bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Lebanon of 1983 that resulted in the deaths of 241 US service members.
Geopolitical games eventually come with a massive cost.