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First Purple Hearts issued to US soldiers wounded in Iran missile strike on bases in Iraq

The US military issues six Purple Hearts for service members who suffered brain injuries in January and plans to give out 23 more.
U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020. REUTERS/John Davison - RC23FE9EJI5L

The United States Central Command issued Purple Heart medals to six US Army soldiers who suffered brain injuries from an Iranian missile attack in January that targeted two bases in Iraq. 

Twenty-three more military personnel have been approved for the medal by the top US commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Pat White, Central Command announced today.

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