U.S. to Designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards as Terrorists

(Long War Journal) Amir Toumaj - President Donald Trump signed wide-ranging Congressional sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Russia last week. The law's Iran section requires the president to extend a terrorism designation to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its foreign agents and affiliates by Oct. 30. In 2007, the U.S. designated the IRGC's Qods Force for terrorism. The Revolutionary Guard has deeply penetrated key sectors of the Iranian economy. Guard-owned companies would be eligible for designation as supporters of terrorism. Revolutionary Guard commanders have threatened U.S. bases in the Middle East should the U.S. execute the terrorism designation. IRGC commander Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali warned in July that the U.S. "has to close down all its bases within 1,000 kilometers of Iran and it should realize that it will pay a high price for its miscalculation."

2017-08-11 00:00:00

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