The U.S. military has revised its accounting of the number of American troop deaths during the Iraq War it blames on Iran, complicating what had become a talking point for critics of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with the regime in Tehran.
U.S. officials revealed on Tuesday that 196 American troops were killed during the Iraq War by Iranian explosively formed penetrators — a particularly deadly form of roadside bomb. That figure is lower than the 500 deaths that Republican lawmakers have said were casualties of the powerful weapon. A recently declassified U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, document obtained by Defense One revealed the 196 number and was the first comprehensive accounting of the number of casualties directly linked to the Iranian IEDs.
On Thursday, CENTCOM offered a new conclusion: the 500 number isn’t wrong either, since more than 300 troops were killed by other types of “Iranian activities.” The data pertaining to those deaths is classified, a CENTCOMspokeswoman said.
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