A U.S. soldier who was standing at a guard post at a military base in Iraq was apparently shot in the face Wednesday, the first enemy-inflicted wound to an American service member in Iraq since the start of the latest mission there nine months ago.

The soldier’s wounds were described as a “laceration,” and he was treated and immediately returned to duty, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday.

“This is the first wound that is a result of direct or indirect fire to American personnel in Iraq since this mission began,” Warren confirmed. […]