Attacks on U.S. bases in the Middle East spiked over the weekend as the Pentagon moved ships into the area and revealed more about the level of support it's providing to Israel.
The Pentagon's top spokesman, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, told reporters Monday that U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria have now been attacked by rockets and drones 38 times since Oct. 17 — an increase from the 27 attacks the Pentagon revealed last Tuesday. Six attacks occurred over the span of the weekend, and one happened early Monday morning.
Ryder also revealed that the number of injured service members has climbed to 46 since the attacks began on Oct. 17.
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The injuries included five more diagnoses of traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, at the al-Tanf Garrison in Syria and 20 other minor injuries spread out between al-Tanf and the al Assad and Erbil air bases in Iraq. Ryder also said that two service members who were previously diagnosed with TBI have also been flown to the American base in Landstuhl, Germany, for further examination and care.
However, none of these additional injuries has occurred since the U.S. conducted its retaliatory strike on Oct. 26, which included a fighter jet attack on two locations in eastern Syria that were linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Ryder explained that the rise in numbers is being attributed to…