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    US May Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a Terrorist Group

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    As part of US President Donald Trump’s pledge to end the threat of radical Islamic terrorists, the White House is reportedly in talks to designate Iran’s highly-capable Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a bona fide terrorist organization.

    Trump and his cabinet regard Iran as "the clearest danger to US interests," a senior aide told Reuters. "They’ve been looking for ways to turn up the heat," the official added. 

    The IRGC is labeled by the Times of Israel as Iran’s most powerful military and political institution. The IRGC has jurisdiction over the IRGC Quds Force, which the Israeli media outlet claims is involved in propping up Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) noted in a report titled "Iran: Politics, Human Rights, and U.S. Policy," that Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the Basiji organization within the IRGC, as well as the Law Enforcement Forces, also factor into Iran’s most "prominent" security organizations.

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    US Press Secretary Sean Spicer last week gave the floor to White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during a White House daily media conference. Flynn then announced that Washington is "officially" putting Tehran “on notice.” The US State Department’s tensions with Tehran, over alleged Iranian financial support of terror groups, dates to 1984, when the Middle Eastern nation was declared a state sponsor of terrorism by Washington’s diplomatic service, according to the US State Department website. Iranian officials have rejected the charge that Tehran supports terrorism, pointing instead to long-standing evidence that Saudi Arabia supports global terror, including the funding of participants in the 9/11 terror attacks on US soil.

    Days after Flynn’s “notice,” Iran conducted its first successful test of a Sumar cruise missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The White House issued new sanctions, directed against Iranian entities on Friday. The sanctions were imposed on individuals or groups thought to strengthen Iran’s ballistic missile program, Vox reported, including two Chinese companies and three Chinese nationals.

    According to a CRS document on Iran, sanctions targeting the IRGC have been in place since 2005. Under Executive Order 13382, signed by President George W. Bush in 2005, “numerous Iranian entities, including the IRGC itself, have been designated,” the 2016 report said, adding that EO 13382 “remains in force.” EO 13382 was aimed at banning US transactions with organizations “determined to be supporting international proliferation,” researchers said.

    Further unilateral action against Tehran is unlikely to gain support from Beijing. “The sanctions will not help in enhancing trust among the different parties involved and will not help in resolving international problems,” Chinese spokesman Lu Kang said.

    A sanctions strategist from the administration of US President Barack Obama told Vox he was “very confident” that Trump’s sanctions “were prepared under Obama,” noting that Obama was willing to “hit the Chinese companies too, with some frequency.”

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    • avatar
      karlof1
      Time to designate the entire armed forces and police forces--FBI in particular--of the Outlaw US Empire as Terrorist Organizations, and the CIA too.
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      Mitach2002
      A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act ""dangerous to human life"" that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or.
      The above is the definition from the terrorist American governments patriot act.
      Two things. Number1, why would Iran or any other nation be bound by the scum Americas laws? I'm Canadian and I could give two turds about any American law, they are for Americans and America.
      Number 2, according to the above definition America is the terrorist group, not Iran, I see no evidence of Iran intimidating or coercing its civilian population any more then other nations.
      Now why not attack Saudi Arabia, it fits the definition.
      America, a sick and sorry excuse of a nation and most certainly completely incapable of being a leader. More like class clown.
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      ViTran
      3 or 4 nu k es ... all sorted
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      drblack,
      Attacking the seventh country, namely Iran, will be death for the USA.
    • james ha
      wow this is trump playing right into zionist hands. iran has not attacked anybody in several hundred years. they have a strong army (the revolutionary guard) to protect their country from the likes of israel.
    • avatar
      michael
      stupid is as stupid does - and the rest of us suffer.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Cia, pentagon crazy people and the us congress will fit that description better..
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      nonyank
      Being that the US has been resposible for creating virtually all of the known terrorist organisations throughout the world maybe the US should be designated a TERRORIST STATE.
    • FlorianGeyer
      Perhaps the CIA should be designated as a terrorist group as it has been sponsoring illegal regime change in countries for over 75 years now.
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      giorgoskaz11
      I think I am in the terrorist list of the USA
    • avatar
      redrooster
      So Trump is under Israels thumb and just another puppet for them to give orders to. The American people need to wake up to the facts that the Jews own the Federal Reserve as a private company since about 1917,They own 96% of the mainstream western media and dominate US Congress with 60% dual Israeli citizens who are busy approving and sending billions of US taxpayers dollars back to the terrorist state of Israel.These people need to be arrested and charged with espionage.
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      Ayelyah
      making it up as they go.....in offense to the world...do they not think we can see the sheer lies that no longer cover their nakedness?....or do they simply not care anymore how utterly ridiculous they now appear peddling this crap?.....
    • dan sheppard
      The US are thinking of labeling IRG as terrorist because Iran (along side Russia and Syria) absolutely smashed the US terrorist state creation in Syria and Iraq, which is ISIS. The US still to this day continues to fund, arm and protect ISIS terrorist in the region.
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