Sunday, Feb. 1st 2009

SECDEF Gates: Iran’s Supply of EFPs to Afghanistan Increased

Last week, the Washington Post reported that Iran’sshipment of explosively formed projectiles (EFPs) (also known as explosively formed penetrators) into Afghanistan has slightly increased. The Washington Post quoted Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates,

Gates also warned of Iranian interference in Afghanistan, pointing to a slightly increased flow of weapons including components of lethal munitions known as “explosively formed projectiles.” He said Iran wants to “have it both ways,” seeking economic and diplomatic benefits of relations with Kabul while still attempting to impose “the highest possible costs” on U.S. and coalition troops.

Gates also noted that Iran has been busy in the western hemisphere.

Iranian activities have been troubling in other parts of the world, Gates said, including Latin America, where Iran is setting up “a lot of offices and a lot of fronts.”

Analysis: Iran’s supply of EFPs to the Taliban in Afghanistan is not new. A 2007 report by the Washington Post described an interception of EFPs and other weapons from Iran. As the current economic situation occupies the new Obama Administration and leaders in much of the world, Iran and the IRGC Qods Force, the primary Iranian group responsible for such intervention outside of Iran, continue to work largely unimpeded and even little noticed.

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