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United States Weighs Designating IRGC as a Terrorist Group

The Trump Administration is considering a proposal that could lead to designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. Officials have said that several U.S. government agencies have been consulted about such a proposal, which if implemented, would add to measures the U.S. has already imposed on individuals and entities that have been linked to the IRGC.

The IRGC is the powerful security entity of the Iranian regime, and is heavily involved in their economy and military exploits. Iran denies any involvement in terrorism, but the IRGC has been linked to situations in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The proposal has not been released to the press, but officials indicate that the proposal would likely come in the form of an executive order.

Several draft orders on other topics have been circulated among U.S. agencies, only to be rejected or postponed by the Trump administration. Reuters reported last week that officials were debating whether to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, but that decision appears to have been indefinitely postponed.

It could be argued that doing so would have a destabilizing effect on the region, including further inflaming regional conflicts in which the U.S. and regional arch-rivals blame for interference. U.S. Gulf allies have long favored a tougher U.S. stance against Iran, based on its regional interference. The U.S. has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC. In 2007, the U.S. Treasure designated the IRGC’s Quds Force, its elite unit in charge of its operations abroad, as a blacklisted agency “for its support of terrorism”. It has been referred to as “Iran’s primary arm for executing its policy of supporting terrorist and insurgent groups”.

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Broader implications could also result for the 2015 nuclear deal, which Republicans and President Trump believe give Iran too much, without placing tight enough restrictions on the country and also releasing them from most of the Western sanctions without guaranteeing Iran follow through on curbs to their nuclear program.

The objective of the order would be to discourage foreign investment in Iran’s economy, because the IRGC is heavily involved in major sectors, such as transportation and oil. However, that involvement was hidden under layers of opaque ownership.

“The new administration regards Iran as the clearest danger to U.S. interests, and they’ve been looking for ways to turn up the heat,” said a senior U.S. official who has been involved in what he called a broad review of Iran policy.

Instead of tearing up the nuclear agreement, the U.S. may turn to punishment of Iran for its support of Hezbollah, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and some Shiite forces in Iraq, as well as the cyber-attacks on Saudi and other Gulf Arab targets.

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However, these sanctions could potentially backfire, giving hardliners and those leaders claiming to be “moderate” within the Iranian regime reason to increase their exporting of terrorism and perhaps even sponsor actions against the U.S.-backed or American forces battling Islamic State in Iraq. It could also be used as a reason to ratchet up their nuclear ambitions as part of a larger defense plan against potential attacks from other countries.

“The Iranians will not take any U.S. action lying down,” said the official. “They may not act quickly or in the open, but there is the danger of an escalating conflict.”

The Iranian regime is currently dealing with extensive corruption and fraud within Iran, so these sanctions could be used to divert attention from internal issues. A member of the Parliamentary Plan and Budget Commission said, “There is no will to eradicate corruption. Moreover, fraud is also practiced in some sectors.” The IRGC has actually been involved in gunning down or killing porters, while they have used their contacts and agencies to smuggle in contraband goods into Iran. The clerical regime “has plundered the Iranian people’s wealth and squandered the country’s assets on nuclear projects and the export of terrorism, fundamentalism and war in the region. It has destroyed the country’s economy and brought about poverty, unemployment and inflation for the people of Iran,” according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Last September, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed concern about the future of the regime and its forces. He described the IRGC as a “great divine gift” and is fearful of losing the regime’s forces. Later he said, “Economic and security influence is of course dangerous and has significant consequences, but the enemy’s political and cultural influence is a much greater threat and all need to be watchful.”

Khamenei also stated during that meeting that the “(IRGC) is not an inhibited organization busy with its own administrative affairs, but a cognizant observer that is attentive to domestic and external issues. IRGC intelligence ought to constantly observe the issues and identify the threats.”

The NCRI has continued to point out the IRGC has played a significant role in the instability of the region and have continued to back a policy of tougher sanctions and blacklisting the IRGC as part of the new U.S. administration’s Iranian policy.

 

Current Mullahs Ruling Iran, the Godfathers of ISIS

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Analysis: The Iranian regime and evolution of ISIS

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By Heshmat Alavi, Special to Al Arabiya EnglishTuesday, 31 January 2017
Support for international terrorism received a major boost the moment the mullahs hijacked Iran’s 1979 revolution. After a very short-lived period of a so-called open political atmosphere, their thugs organized in the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and paramilitary Basij militia, launched a campaign of oppression, arrests, torture and executions targeting not only dissidents, but anyone daring to raise a voice.

Born was “the first ISIS” and through the past 38 years this entity has proven to be more ruthless than anything resembled today in ISIS. Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, sitting on the throne in Tehran, was determined to focus all power under his grip, unleashing his wrath against all Iranians.

As he established his crackdown apparatus, Khomeini began setting his sights abroad, imposing his hegemonic desires through a doctrine of suicide attacks. The IRGC began training numerous proxy groups to help spread the Khomeini’s terror under the pretext of Islam.

Khomeini’s “ISIS” in Iran, more than three decades before ISIS’s charge from Syria into northern Iraq, became the nesting ground for many fledgling groups now wreaking havoc across the Middle East, Europe and as far away as Argentina.

This is Khomeini’s ideology of “Islamic Revolution,” spreading his foul interpretation of a divine religion. He dreamed of a Shiite empire and to this end started targeting all potential countries beginning with Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and so forth.

Lethal campaign

Iran’s lethal campaign has resulted in death and destruction across the Middle East. Over a million killed and hundreds of billions lost in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. Countless others killed and injured in the aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq, which Iran used to covertly occupy this land and destroy the lives of so many. Not to mention half a million killed and over 11 million displaced from their homes in the Iran-backed inferno engulfing Syria.

All this has been parallel to Tehran’s spree of assassinations against dissidents exiled across Europe. Iranian intelligence service, using embassies across the Green Continent as safe houses to dispatch their killers, began eliminating exiled dissidents in a campaign dubbed as the “chain murders.”

While pursuing this onslaught, Khomeini’s successor, now Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has continuously maintained executions up at an atrocious rate. Understanding the threat of any day passing without at least one execution somewhere in Iran, even the so-called “moderate” President Hassan Rowhani has a report card of nearly 3,000 executions during his four year tenure.

Yet probably the most atrocious carnage of all launched was aimed at cleansing an entire generation by massacring over 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. Most of these victims were members and supporters of main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Iran also has no tolerance for freedom of speech as academics, bloggers and journalists are targeted and quelled by the regime’s crackdown apparatus. The West must come to realize this true nature of Iran’s regime.

The international community’s failure to adopt serious measures against the mullahs has encouraged Tehran to continue hangings and lethal meddling across the Middle East. This is Iran’s campaign of establishing a “Shiite Crescent,” again launched decades before any notion of Daesh and its onslaught in the Levant and Mesopotamia.

Thanks to the Obama administration, Iran received Iraq in a silver plate and enjoys significant influence over Assad with troops in Syria. This has also encouraged Tehran to look further. “The victory in Aleppo will pave the way for liberating Bahrain,” said IRGC General Hossein Salami.

Rest assured one day the world will come to realize how ISIS considered Khomeini, the founder of the first ever “ISIS,” as its mentor on how to spread their reign of terror. No wonder the Iranian people consider the current mullahs ruling Iran, all minions of Khomeini, the Godfathers of ISIS.

Is there a solution?

“The regime in Tehran is the source of crisis in the region and killings in Syria; it has played the greatest role in the expansion and continuation of ISIS. Peace and tranquility in the region can only be achieved by evicting this regime from the region,” said Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an umbrella group consisting of a long slate of various Iranian dissident groups, including the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The administration of Donald Trump, as advised in a hand-delivered letter written by 23 senior former American government officials, enjoys the opportunity to adopt a policy supporting the Iranian people’s call for regime change. This goes in line with President Trump’s first position against “radical Islamic terrorism,” terrifying the Iranian regime from top to bottom.

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth,” President Trump said.

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