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US Reveals Soldiers Injured In Iranian Strike And France Sends Aircraft Carrier To Middle East

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US Military Admits Troops Injured In Iranian Missile Strike

The US military says 11 American soldiers were injured in an Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi base nine days ago. 

A military spokesman said that, although there were no deaths at Al Asad air base, some service members were treated for concussion symptoms after the attack. 

The US had previously denied that any of its military personnel were hurt. 

The attack on al-Asad Air Base was in retaliation for the assassination of Iran's top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani.

 

France To Deploy Aircraft Carrier To Middle East

France is sending its aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, and a battle group to the Middle East. 

President Emmanuel Macron said in his new year's address to the military that the deployment, lasting until April would back up Operation Chammal, the French campaign that supports the Iraqi army against the so-called Islamic State group. 

The carrier took part in exercises in the Mediterranean in November, in preparation for a planned deployment.

 

"Still Life" In Iran Nuclear Deal, Says Defence Secretary

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace maintains that attempting to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - or JCPOA - is the best way to de-escalate tension in the Middle East. 

Mr Wallace met with his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in London yesterday.

Afterwards Mr Wallace said the UK would "do what it has to do" to protect itself and allies. 

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