Those Iran Made IEDs? They were a lie.
- A raid in southern Iraq on Saturday seems to have complicated the case. There, The Wall Street Journal reports, troops "uncovered a makeshift factory used to construct advanced roadside bombs that the U.S. had thought were made only in Iran." The main feature of the find were several copper liners that are the main component of EFPs. But, The New York Times reports, "while the find gave experts much more information on the makings of the E.F.P.s, which the American military has repeatedly argued must originate in Iran, the cache also included items that appeared to cloud the issue."Among those cloudy items were "cardboard boxes of the gray plastic PVC tubes used to make the canisters. The boxes appeared to contain shipments of tubes directly from factories in the Middle East, none of them in Iran."