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Iranian Arms Factories Linked to Iraqi Shiites

United States military officials have found evidence that Iran supplied deadly weapons to Shiite extremist groups in Iraq. The weapons include explosively formed penetrators, or E.F.P.s, which have been said to have killed over 170 Americans in the last three years.

The E.F.P.s are canisters that explode and spew balls of molten copper, capable of cutting through armor. Military officials laid out canisters with serial numbers, evidence linking the weapons to Iranian suppliers. The U.S. also asserted, without providing direct evidence, that Iran is authorizing smuggling these weapons into Iraq.

The anonymous nature of these claims has raised questions of the Bush administration's motives behind accusing Iran. Intelligence officials are expected to present more evidence supporting the claims, and closely review any evidence finally presented.

Read more in The New York Times.