Washington, April 9: The United States has designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, despite warnings from U.S. military and intelligence officials that this may hamper U.S. action and work with allies and other countries.
For the first time ever, the US has taken such a step against an official foreign military institution,Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, which carry out operations across the Middle East, train Arab Shiite militias and oversee businesses in Iran.
This unprecedented move by President Donald Trump will prompt retaliation from Iran as it will increase economic and political pressure on the Islamic regime in Tehran by imposing wide-ranging economic and travel sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as well as organizations, companies and individuals with ties to it.
Iran responded by officially declaring the US a “terrorist government” while calling the US CENTCOM a terrorist group as well.
“US Central Command known as CENTCOM as well as all its affiliates a terrorist group, which is responsible for harming Iran’s national security as well as ruining the lives of “innocent Iranian and non-Iranian individuals” to promote the US’ “aggressive policies” in Western Asia,” a statement of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme National Security Council headed by President Hassan Rouhani said.
The secretive, elite-within-elite branch of the IRGC – called the Quds Force, was formed shortly after the Islamic Revolution back in 1979, when US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran was overthrown.
“Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump, for having decided to announce Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter in Hebrew. “Thank you for the answer to another important request that serves the interests of our country and the region. We will continue to act together in any way against the Iranian regime that threatens the state of Israel, the United States and the Peace of the world.”
Netanyahu omitted the reference to his “request” for the U.S. action. The United States is Israel’s most important ally, and Netanyahu has told voters his close relationship with Trump has paid off with tough U.S. action against Iran. Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967.