Russian missile systems hit terrorist targets in Syria; More US soldiers injured after Iranian attack

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Russia’s Pantsyr missile systems successfully fought jihad mobiles in Syria

Russia’s Pantsyr-S anti-aircraft missile systems successfully struck ground targets with their guns in Syria, in particular, terrorists’ jihad mobiles, Chief Designer for Air Defense Systems at the Shipunov Design Bureau of Instrument-Making (part of High Precision Systems Company within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Valery Slugin told TASS on Wednesday.

“The Pantsyr can shield itself, for example, against an infantry fighting vehicle or a jihad mobile and this is how its guns were used in Syria and this use proved to be effective,” the chief designer said.

The Pantsyr anti-aircraft missile/gun system strikes air targets mostly with missiles, the chief designer specified. “We try not to allow a target to approach the gun fire range. The closest range for the missile armament is about 1.5 km. If something approaches closer, we destroy these targets already with the guns,” he explained.

The Pantsyr-S1 (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) is a ground-based self-propelled surface-to-air missile/gun system designated to shield military and civilian facilities, including long-range air defense systems, from all modern and future air attack weapons. The Pantsyr consists of 12 surface-to-air missiles (six missiles in two transport and launch containers each).

US says more troops injured in Iran missile strikes

The Pentagon on Tuesday raised the number of troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries caused by Iranian ballistic missile strikes this month on an Iraqi air base.

“As of today, 50 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with TBI,” Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell said in a statement, referring to traumatic brain injury.

Of them, 31 were treated in Iraq and returned to duty, including 16 of the additional service members who have been diagnosed since the previous report, said Campbell

“Eighteen service members have been transported to Germany for further evaluation and treatment,” he added.

Last week, the Pentagon put the number of injured at 34.

U.S. President Donald Trump initially said no U.S. troops were injured in the Jan. 8 airstrikes, which Iran carried out in retaliation for the U.S. assassination of its top general for regional operations, Qassem Soleimani.

But the casualty toll was updated by the Pentagon days later when it said on Jan. 17 that 11 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.

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