Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Iran Designates US Military a Terrorist Organisation

Iran Designates US Military a Terrorist Organisation

The IRGC was pulling the strings for those attacks on our outpost and directly authorizing and planning attacks on American soldiers in other parts of the country as well, using their many proxy forces to carry it out.

The IRGC is an elite wing of the Iranian military that was established in the aftermath of the country's revolution in 1979.

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Mr Pompeo told reporters yesterday the United States would continue to sanction and pressure Iran to "behave like a normal nation" and urged America's allies to take similar action.

President Trump on Monday designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, saying its sponsorship of terror in Iraq and elsewhere is unacceptable and that he needed to send an "unprecedented" message that it won't be tolerated. "We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behavior". "Thank you for answering another one of my important requests, which serves the interests of our country and the countries of the region".

It concluded by holding the U.S. regime responsible for the 'dangerous consequences of their adventurous move'.

The U.S. made the designation Monday to increase worldwide pressure on Iran.

Tehran responded in kind, announcing a couple of hours later that its top security council has designated the United States a "state sponsor of terrorism" and USA forces in the region "terrorist groups".

Trump said in a statement Monday that the move "recognises the reality" that Iran is a state-sponsored supporter of terrorism and that the Revolutionary Guard is an active participant.

The designation also risks impacting United States relations with countries in the region that have direct relations with the Iranian government, including Lebanon and Iraq, where Shia-led armed groups are supported by the IRGC and are represented in the governments of those countries. It would be the first time the USA has designated a nation's military as a terrorist group and would signal that the administration is prepared to take a much harder line against Tehran's support for terrorism.

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Critics have warned that the move could open USA military and intelligence officials to similar actions by unfriendly governments.

The United States has already blacklisted tens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but not the organization as a whole.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that global banks and businesses "have a clear duty" to not work with the organization.

Ahmad Amir-Abadi, a member of the Majlis presiding board, also said the parliament would designate all US bases in the region as terrorist bases should the USA go on with such move.

The move follows Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a multilateral deal with Iran that was meant to lift crippling economic sanctions in return curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iran is unlikely to take this designation in stride.

Iran and Israel are increasingly at odds with each other, particularly in Syria where the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force has helped President Bashar al-Assad gain the upper hand in a civil war. The IRGC is Iran's most powerful security organisation which also has control over large sectors of the country's economy and political system.

Following the announcement, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul announced plans to roll out legislation in response to the designation that would lower the minimum threshold for sanctionable transactions and penalize Iran's development of funding ballistic missile technology.

Critics had warned that such a move could leave USA troops in the region more vulnerable as a result.

In 2007, the US Treasury designated the IRGC Quds Force, its unit in charge of operations overseas, "for its support of terrorism", and has described it as Iran's "primary arm for executing its policy of supporting terrorist and insurgent groups".

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