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Explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) are among the most deadly and destructive weapons used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. EFPs are powerful enough to penetrate and destroy Humvees and breach tank hulls. In fact, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are responsible for half to two-thirds of Americans killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are several notable European banks that are credited with knowingly funding terrorist operations carried out by Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant Shia movement based in Lebanon. These banks concealed billions of dollars in transactions with their Iranian sponsors. These banks’ actions paved the road for the purchase of materials used to make the roadside bombs used against U.S. troops. If you suffered an EFP roadside bomb injury or a loved one was killed, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with an EFP lawsuit attorney to discuss your Iraq War Fund case.
The Carlson Law Firm is a veteran-owned and operated law firm headquartered in Fort Hood, Texas. Our EFP lawsuit attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing active duty, veterans, and civilians across the nation. Our firm has the resources needed to take on the major international financial institutions under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Moreover, our firm is one of the most respected advocates for the military within the legal community. If you suffered an EFP roadside bomb injury contact us today. Scheduling your free case evaluation with an EFP lawsuit attorney is your first step to getting the recovery you deserve.
EFP Roadside Bomb Injury Claims
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If you were injured, or someone you know was killed by an explosive device in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for compensation by filing an EFP lawsuit. Contact The Carlson Law Firm today to schedule your free case evaluation.
What is an EFP?
Explosively formed penetrators were dubbed “superbombs” because of their lethality. EFPs are a type of improvised explosive device that had enormous effects on the U.S. Military in war zones. These types of IEDs are self-forging warheads designed to effectively penetrate armor. Part of their deadliness is that fire in a similar way to canons.
An EFP starts as a shallow metal plate back by an explosive charge. When fired, the explosive charge deforms a concave metal plate into a slug or rod shape. As the shape forms, the plate accelerates toward an intended target. EFPs can breach can tank armor 300 feet away. Additionally, these types of IEDs detonate with a force capable of traveling more than a mile per second.
What are Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) Made of?
Most explosively formed penetrators are made of copper. However, in recent years there has been an increase in EFPs made from tantalum. Tantulum is twice as dense as copper, making it a much more effective and preferred penetrator. Additionally, some EFPs are made from Iron.
In 2007, President George W. Bush confirmed that EFPs were made in Iran and exported to Iraq. However, in reality, U.S. troops raided a Baghdad machine shop and found copper disks—meaning, Iraqi insurgents had no need to rely on Iran as a source of EFPs.
What is the Iraq War Fund?
The Iraq War Fund is a compensation pool created by several European banks after pleading guilty to criminal charges or reaching a settlement for deferred prosecution for laundering money for Iran—a state sponsor of terrorism. The fund is to aid war veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, or their families, who suffered damages as a result of an EFP roadside bomb injury. The banks in question and their fines include:
- Barclays: $298 million
- HSBC: $1.9 billion
- Credit Suisse: $536 million
- Standard Chartered Bank: $340 million
- Royal Bank of Scotland: $100 million
A portion of each fine will compensate the victims and the families of Iranian-backed terrorism.
Upon entering Iraq and Afganistan, the U.S. anticipated some level of rogue nations banding together. However, we did not expect leading financial institutions to carry out criminal conspiracies to aid an enemy. The five foreign banks violated U.S. and international law by giving Iran access to billions of dollars in a complex money-laundering scheme. Further, the banks were well aware of Iran’s status as a state sponsor of terrorism. Finally, the banks knew that Iran was a leading source of American injuries and casualties in the Iraq War.
To date, five foreign banks have admitted to entering into criminal conspiracies with Iran. These conspiracies provided the country with billions of dollars in violation of U.S. and international laws. Each bank a fine in relation to the amount of damage they’ve caused service members, contractors, and their respective families.
What is the Freeman v. HSBC Lawsuit?
The Freeman v. HSBC takes its name from lead plaintiff Charlotte Freeman. Iranian-trained militants killed Freeman’s husband in Iraq. Following Freeman’s original claim, dozens of Hezbollah violence victims and their families filed a lawsuit in November 2014 against five European banks. Their suit asserts that Barclays, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland “committed acts of international terrorism.”
Further, the suit states that the European-based banks handled hundreds of billions of dollars in international transfers for Iranian banks. The lawsuit makes the connection between Iranian financial institution and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, an elite Iranian paramilitary organization, and Hezbollah. Notably, The Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah have trained and armed Shia groups in Iraq that have kidnapped, shot and blown up Americans.
History of Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPS)
A deadly form of roadside bomb, known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), put U.S. military service members and contractors at increased risk each and every day while they were bravely serving their country overseas. We now know that enemy forces would not have been able to manufacture these deadly explosive devices without the aid of certain international banks that masked wire transactions to help fund terrorist groups.
Whereas most roadside bombs send energy and shrapnel in all directions, EFPs work more like cannons. The devices are fashioned from commonplace items, including steel and PVC pipe. In addition, explosives are sealed with a copper disk. The device shoots out fist-sized wads of nearly-molten copper that can penetrate the armor on an Abrams tank.
The Bush administration alleged in 2007 that Iran was responsible for the arrival of EFP bombs in Iraqi war zones. U.S. officials alleged Lebanese militia group Hezbollah learned how to build the bombs from its Iranian allies, and then provided anti-American groups in Iraq with EFPs and the tools needed to build their own.
Some of the world’s most powerful banks knowingly funded Hezbollah terror operations. These institutions concealed billions of dollars in transactions with their Iranian sponsors, a Brooklyn federal lawsuit charges.
Eventually landing in Hezbollah’s hands, Iranian money aided in “planning and perpetrating the murder and maiming of hundreds of Americans in Iraq during the same time the conspiracy was proceeding,” according to the suit.
Anti-Terrorism Act – EFP Lawsuit
If you are a U.S. veteran, service member, or family member of a veteran or overseas contractor who suffered an injury, is living with a disability, or was killed in the Iraq War, you may take legal action. The U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act allows those wronged by institutions that illegally financed Iran’s acts of terrorism during the Iraq War and in Afghanistan to take action.
18 USC § 2333. Civil Remedies
(a) Action and Jurisdiction – Any national of the United States injured in his or her person, property, or business by reason of an act of intentional terrorism, or his or her estate, survivors, or heirs, may sue therefor in any appropriate district court of the United States and shall recover threefold the damages he or she sustains and the cost of the suit, including attorney’s fees.
Our Experience Fighting for Veterans
The Carlson Law Firm has been fighting for the rights of injured veterans across the nation for over 30 years. We are a veteran-owned and operated law firm headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas.
The Carlson Law Firm is one of the most respected advocates for veterans within the legal community. Our team has a commitment to obtaining the maximum level of benefits for our clients in every possible way.
Contact The Carlson Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation for your EFP lawsuit today. Scheduling your free case evaluation with an EFP lawsuit attorney is your first step to getting the recovery you deserve.