Trump designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as foreign terrorist organization

Iranian Revolutionary Guard members arrive for a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at the Azadi or Freedom Square in Tehran Iran Monday Feb. 11 2019

Three US officials has told Reuters that the US was expected to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as an global outfit, marking the very first time the US had formally termed another nation's military force as a terror organization.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran in 2016. Bahrain, which accuses Iran of supporting anti-government groups in the kingdom, was among the first countries to welcome the U.S. decision.

Speaking to reporters, he rattled off a list of attacks dating to the 1980s for which the US holds Iran and the IRGC responsible, beginning with the attacks on the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. He withdrew the United States from the 2015 multinational nuclear pact and reinstated tough sanctions to pile pressure on Iran's weakened economy. Designating the IRGC as a State Department foreign terrorist organization's list does not impose additional economic penalties, but it makes it a crime to do business with the IRGC or its leadership.

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

"Businesses and banks around the world now have a clear duty to ensure that companies with which they conduct financial transactions are not conducted with the IRGC in any material way".

The decision reportedly could be announced as early as Monday.

Once a designation is announced by the secretary of state in coordination with the Treasury secretary, Congress has seven days to review it.

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In addition to those complications, there is concern that the designation may prompt Iran to retaliate against US forces in the region. A (nother) unsafe US misadventure in the region. From conflicts in Syria and Lebanon to Yemen and Venezuela, Iran's proxy groups that fall under the purview of the IRGC are covertly involved in terrorist operations that escalate chaos in support of their broader agenda. USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, assured that the US military was taking all necessary steps and had alerted USA military commanders prior to the announcement.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the United States decision to label Iran's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist organization" for allegedly financing and promoting terrorism in the region.

Various officials in the government, including the military and the Central Intelligence Agency, reportedly have reservations about the move.

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh was responding to a Reuters report saying the us will soon announce its designation of the Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

When asked about the timing of the designation on Monday, senior administration officials said it had been in the works for months.

Iran warned it will take reciprocal action against Washington for its move against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the country's most powerful security organisation. The designation, however, could significantly complicate US military and diplomatic work, notably in Iraq, where many Shiite militias and Iraqi political parties have close ties to the Guard.

Israel has long seen Iran as its greatest foe, citing its leaders' hostile rhetoric, suspect nuclear program, development of long-range missiles, and support for anti-Israeli militant groups such as Hizballah.

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