Admiral Michael McConnell, the U.S. director of national intelligence in an interview said there is â€œoverwhelming evidenceâ€ that Tehran is supporting insurgents in Iraq and â€œcompellingâ€ evidence that the same is happening in Afghanistan. McConnell cites insurgentsâ€™ increasing use of effective roadside bombs known as Explosively Formed Projectiles that are clearly traceable to Iran.
In an interview that was published in the Council of Foreign Relations website on June 28, 2007Admiral Michael McConnell, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said:
“Thereâ€™s very clear evidenceâ€”overwhelming evidenceâ€”that Iranians are providing support and munitions and capabilityâ€”the most heinous of those are referred to as EFPs, thatâ€™s shorthand for Explosively Formed Projectile. What does that mean? If your method of attack that is most effective turns out to be a roadside bomb, and the response on the part of the forces that are being attacked is to build it heavierâ€”more armorâ€”then what you need to be effective is some way to penetrate armor or to push through. Thereâ€™s a technique in the munitions business: If you can explosively form the projectile it can penetrate many, many inches of armor. So when the Iraqi insurgents were proving to be less successful, what the Iranians provided were these specially designed machines. The Iranians today, we have clear evidence, are providing the very weapons that are causing U.S. servicemen and women to die. Thatâ€™s clear, thatâ€™s not refuted, thatâ€™s not hawkish, thatâ€™s not shaded. That is the fact. ”
Regarding Iranian meddling in Afghanistan he said: Clearly, we have found munitions that, based on the stenciling, the labeling, are manufactured in Iran; they came from Iran, and theyâ€™ve been captured in the recent timeframe. Now, the Iranian government, [which is] Shia, and the old Taliban, [which is] Sunni, were not friends. In fact, theyâ€™re enemies. So why would the Shia regime of Iran be supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan? The only conclusion I can draw is what theyâ€™re attempting to do is raise the price for the United States and NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] for our presence in Afghanistan; to inflict casualties on Americans and Germans and Dutch and French and British and New Zealand and other players that are there; to cause reaction in the home countries from which those forces came. The evidence is overwhelming in the Iraq situation, and itâ€™s very plain and, to me, compelling in Afghanistan.