Islamic Revolution Guards Will Attack US if Trump Designates Them as Terrorists

Islamic Revolution Guards Will Attack US if Trump Designates Them as Terrorists

Islamic Revolution Guards Will Attack US if Trump Designates Them as Terrorists

New Delhi has also pointed to ISI fingerprints on several terrorist attacks in India, most notably the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, which among other convictions resulted in the sentencing of ISI agent David Headley aka Daood Gilani.

Washington-Tehran tensions have risen since Mr Trump withdrew the U.S. from the global Iran nuclear pact.

President Donald Trump past year pulled America out of the deal and re-imposed tough economic sanctions on Iran.

The IRGC, a paramilitary organisation which was formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the government, was already sanctioned by the US. They understand that the clock on the Trump administration is ticking and that their chance of overthrowing the Iranian regime will slip away in 18 months if the president isn't re-elected.

Iran has always been designated a "state sponsor of terrorism" by the USA and the State Department now designates more than 60 organizations as "foreign terrorist organizations".

It turns out, though, that the Mammadovs, the Azerbaijani family with whom the Trump Organization worked with on the development was financially entangled with an Iranian family whose construction company is controlled by the IRGC.

"Thank you, my dear friend President Donald Trump, for deciding to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization", he said in a tweet.

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"One of the consequences of all this is that in the next presidential elections someone close to the IRGC may come to power", Fereshteh Sadeghi, a Tehran-based journalist, told TRT World.

Trump said in a statement on Monday that the designation "recognises the reality 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". "The IRGC provides funding, equipment, training, and logistical support to terrorist groups". "This would greatly expand our ability to roll back Iran's ability to fund and export terror overseas".

For example, in 2011, the IRBC Qods Force "plotted a brazen attack on the Saudi ambassador to the United States in Washington".

"IRGC Qods Force activity has been uncovered and disrupted in Germany, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kenya, Bahrain, Turkey, and others", the White Hosue disclosed in announcing the designation. Europeans strongly support preserving the agreement and United Nations inspectors say that Iran remains in compliance. Before they joined the administration, both were vocal advocates of withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iranian regime change, and the preventive use of force against Iran.

In 2007, the US Treasury Department designated the Quds Force - a Revolutionary Guards unit in charge of foreign operations - as a supporter of "terrorism", describing it as Iran's "primary arm for executing its policy of supporting terrorist and insurgent groups".

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the action an "overdue" but essential step that should be followed by additional sanctions. "I have called on subsequent administrations to acknowledge this basic fact, and in 2015 and 2017 I introduced legislation that would have written it into US code". "Iran's influence in the Middle East and its success in fighting against Islamic State are reasons behind this designation", Reuters quoted official state television as saying.

Aside from Iraq, where some 5,200 American troops are stationed, and Syria, where some USA 2,000 troops remain, the US 5th Fleet, which operates in the Persian Gulf from its base in Bahrain, and the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, are potentially at risk.

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