After weeks of controversy linked to the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. military officials disclosed classified data showing that 196 American troops were killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) made in Iran. IEDs are also called “roadside bombs.”
This was less than the figure of 500 deaths publicly discussed this summer.
The data released by U.S. Central Command shows that 196 U.S troop fatalities from the tail end of 2005 through 2011 were directly attributed to “explosively formed penetrators,” or EFPs, a distinctly deadly type of IED bomb used by the Iranian-backed Shiite militias during the Iraq War following the 2003 U.S. invasion.
The data also shows that 861 American troops were wounded over that time-frame by Iranian-made EFPs, and that the EFP attacks peaked in the spring of 2008.
Throughout the summer, officials in Washington, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, referred to undisclosed data showing that 500 American troops deaths in Iraq were directly linked to Iran.
It is unknown if the timing of this release of information was somehow political.