Iran has been training Iraqi fighters in the assembly of deadly roadside bombs known as EFPs, the U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.
EFPs, or explosively formed penetrators, hurl a molten, fist-sized lump of molten copper capable of piercing armored vehicles.
“We know that they are being in fact manufactured and smuggled into this country, and we know that training does go on in Iran for people to learn how to assemble them and how to employ them,” Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said at a weekly briefing. “We know that training has gone on as recently as this past month from detainees’ debriefs.”
In January, U.S. officials said at least 170 U.S. soldiers had been killed by EFPs.
The Bush Adminsitration has not said anything meaningful on the record about the prospect of serious retaliation for Iran’s attacks on our military. The president must know that part of the reason for the sagging support for the war is the failure to confront Iran and Syria for their participation in these attacks. It may be that larger plans are being laid and executed, but the general silence seems to signal America’s willingness to endure these attacks, which itself encourages more of them.