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White House Cautioned Against Designating Iran’s IRGC a Terrorist Organization

By Stephen Lendman | February 26, 2017

In early February, unnamed US officials told Reuters the Trump administration might designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) a terrorist organization.

The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment. Iran categorically denies involvement in terrorism. No evidence suggests it, just baseless allegations.

Reports now indicate the proposed action stalled, US defense, state, and intelligence officials warning it could backfire, undermining Trump’s pledge to combat ISIS, along with complicating enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal.

US NATO allies are against it. The designation was supposed to be announced this month. It’s unclear if it’s suspended or cancelled altogether.

IRGC involvement is important in combating regional terrorism in Syria, Iraq and perhaps Yemen.

The administration’s proposal was part of a broader scheme to get tougher on Iran – instead of responsibly working to end 38 years of US-instigated adversarial relations.

If implemented, it would be the first move of this kind under the 1996 Foreign Terrorist Organizations law against a foreign government – meant for al-Qaeda and likeminded groups.

It would likely initiate tougher sanctions on Iran, possibly undermining the nuclear deal, sabotaging what took years to agree on.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif praised the IRGC’s efforts in combating terrorism, saying:

“The entire world admits that the IRGC has rendered the utmost support to (Iran’s) neighboring countries in the face of terrorism” – warning of adverse consequences if Trump orders more sanctions on Iran.

Reports indicate he intended to designate the ICRG and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization on Monday – during a visit to CENTCOM’s Tampa headquarters.

It’s believed Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states urged him to target Iran’s IRGC. It’s now on hold.

Stephen Lendman can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.

February 26, 2017 - Posted by | Wars for Israel | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. As always, pure excellence in reporting from Stephen Lendman! His inclusion of “Israel” (surely supported by the Zionist “terrorist financing” fifth column in the US/Zioentity-occupied Treasury Department) as an unwanted, unneeded interference in the toxic mix is duly noted. Thanks for this posting.

    Comment by roberthstiver | February 26, 2017 | Reply

  2. “the Trump administration might designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) a terrorist organization”.

    If that is so, surely the Military Industrial Complex should also be categorised as a “Terrorist Organisation” as well. Just have a look at the MIC’s record of aggression(and their ‘body count’, not to mention their deposal of various ‘Heads of State’) since WWII……

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 26, 2017 | Reply


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