Based on the internal information provided by three U.S. officials, Reuters stated that the U.S. would possibly designate Iran’s exclusive Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. This is for the first time that the U.S. has mentioned another nation’s military a group of terrorists.
According to the critics, the decision set to be announced by the U.S. military and intelligence officials could raise similar actions from other nations’ governments too.
The Pentagon declined to release any statement on this matter and referred doubts to the State Department. The White House even declined to comment.
The decision came a year after the statement released by the U.S. President Donald Trump in the Year 2015 to withdraw the nuclear deal from Tehran and to re-impose sanctions that had completely disturbed Iran’s economy. The decision to be made by the U.S. administration to designate Iranian force was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Over a decade back, the U.S. Treasury made a similar decision by designating IRGC’s Quds Force for supporting terrorism and rebellious groups.
In the Year 2017, IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari cautioned America to prevent Trump from making the further move.
IRGC has become Iran’s most dominant security organization after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Large segments of the Iranian economy and political system are being controlled by IRGC. However, it is the division of IRGC, known as Quds Force, which has drawn the attention of Washington. Major-General Qasem Soleimani is leading the force.
Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State has signaled Soleimani several times and even warned other Iranian leaders that the U.S. would blame them for any sort ofharm caused to U.S. interests in Iraq by the forces under their governance.
There is uncertainty regarding the actual impact of mentioning IRGC as a terrorist group on the current activities of America in the nations that have connections with Tehran and Iraq.
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