Ira­nian EFPs

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As part of its new pol­icy of try­ing to get tough on for­eign in­ter­fer­ence in Iraq, U.S. intelligence of­fi­cials re­cently dis­closed to the Se­nate intelligence com­mit­tee some de­tails of the Ira­nian role.

Ira­nian paramil­i­tary troops and intelligence agents have been sup­ply­ing Iraqi Shi’ite in­sur­gents with “ex­plo­sive­formed pro­jec­tiles” or as the mil­i­tary calls them, EFPs. The shaped charges are de­signed to pen­e­trate hard­ened tar­gets by fo­cus­ing the power of their ex­plo­sives. They were built for anti-tank mis­siles and nu­clear weapons det­o­na­tion.

Sen. Ron Wy­den, Ore­gon Demo­crat, said U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel be­lieve “Iran is sup­ply­ing de­vices that are now killing our coura­geous troops.” He asked Di­rec­tor of Na­tional Intelligence John D. Ne­gro­ponte about the Ira­nian EFPs that are be­ing used in Shi’ite ar­eas of Iraq. Mr. Ne­gro­ponte re­sponded that the ex­pla­na­tion of the Ira­nian shaped charges is “gen­er­ally true.”

CIA Di­rec­tor Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hay­den also said: “That’s very con­sis­tent, sen­a­tor, with our anal­y­sis. We be­lieve that to be true. The EFPs are com­ing from Iran. They are be­ing used against our forces. They are ca­pa­ble of de­feat­ing some of our heav­i­est ar­mor, and in­ci­dent for in­ci­dent cause sig­nif­i­cantly more ca­su­al­ties than any other im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices do, and they are pro­vided to Shi’ite mili­tia. That’s all cor­rect.”

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