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Turkey, Qatar: Iran's IRGC is Not a Terrorist Organization

12 April, 2019, 11:12 | Author: Taylor George
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Wearing the uniform of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, lawmakers chant slogans during an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

The listing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, as the Pasdaran are known internationally, by the United States as a "foreign terrorist organisation" on Monday, means, however, that not only does the USA want to isolate Iran, but also that the war lobby in Washington is itching for a confrontation.

Additionally, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the US decision the "climax of stupidity and ignorance".

Monday's U.S. move, formally under the State Department's purview, has been made as part of the White House's increasingly aggressive strategy towards Iran. The Iranian government's first official step in response to the designation was to brand the US military a terrorist organization in response. The Supreme National Security Council's spokesman, Keivan Khosravi, said that going forward, "any unusual move by American forces in the region will be perceived as the behavior by a terrorist group".

The department now designates 60 groups, such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State and their various affiliates, Hezbollah and numerous militant Palestinian factions, as 'foreign terrorist organizations.' But none of them is a state-run military.

The designation will recognise "that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft", US President Donald Trump said. Trump has been rightly slammed for counter-productive moves on Jerusalem, the occupied Golan Heights, immigration and trade. The designation strips away any pretense that the IRGC serves any legitimate governmental function whatsoever or that it will not hesitate to use its control of vast sectors of the Iranian economy to feed the terrorist monster it has created and nurtured.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to journalists next to a portrait of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) at the end of a press conference in Tehran on June 13, 2015.

In a White House statement, he said he "is holding the Iranian regime accountable by targeting the primary entity that carries out its global campaign of terror".

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The designation takes effect next week.

"These kinds of decisions will pave the way for instability in our region", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.

Revolutionary Guards commanders have repeatedly said that USA bases in the Middle East and United States aircraft carriers in the Gulf are within range of Iranian missiles.

The Trump administration's decision was met with support from nearby Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia. They also said Iran's activities are "inconsistent" with a 2015 United Nations resolution calling on Iran not to undertake any activity involving such missiles.

"Iran can not support them unless it brings the Fatimeyoun group in Afghanistan and continue intereferring in Afghanistan's internal affairs alongside that", said military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhail.

It is the first time the United States has labeled another nation's military as a terrorist organization.

"I am telling you (American leaders), if you pressure us, we will mass produce IR8 advanced centrifuges", Rouhani warned.



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