Wednesday, July 24, 2019 01:14:32 AM
Adam Kredo :
The Trump administration formally announced on Monday that it is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC- the regime's paramilitary fighting force - as a terrorist entity, the first such designation by the United States against a foreign country's military, according to US officials.
The designation represents the strongest salvo yet by the Trump administration to choke off Iran's international resources and target its regional terror operations, which continue nearly unfettered in hotspots such as Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.
The IRGC and its affiliates are responsible for the deaths of more than 600 Americans and many other citizens in the region as part of the Islamic Republic's efforts to foment unrest across the globe. The terror designation will have a wide-ranging impact on Iran as it struggles to keep its economy afloat amid a flurry of new sanctions issued by the Trump administration.
Iran has already vowed to take punitive actions against the United States as a result of the designation, which could cripple many key sectors of the Iranian economy due to the IRGC's involvement in a range of Tehran's business ventures.
"The Trump Administration is taking this unprecedented step as part of a broader effort to counter Iran-backed terrorism around the world," the White House said in a fact sheet on the decision. "The Administration's action will increase the financial pressure and isolation of Iran and deprive the regime of resources it uses for its terrorist activities."
"The Administration's action will increase the financial pressure and isolation of Iran and deprive the regime of resources it uses for its terrorist activities," the White House said.
In making the decision to designate the IRGC, which has been rumored for some time, the White House considered the fighting force's near total penetration of Iran's society and economy. Any international government or business that is caught dealing with Iranian interests connected to the IRGC could face new sanctions.
"This action puts other governments and the private sector on notice about the nature of the IRGC, which operates front companies and institutions around the world to fund terror," the White House said. "The profits from what appear to be legitimate business deals can end up supporting the Iranian regime's terrorist agenda."
"The Iranian regime employs terrorism as a central tool of its statecraft and uses the IRGC to direct and carry out its global terrorist campaign," according to the White House. "The IRGC provides funding, equipment, training, and logistical support to terrorist groups."
The IRGC is known to conduct operations outside of Iran's borders, including assassination and terror plots dating back decades.
"The IRGC has been directly involved in terrorist plots in numerous countries," the White House noted. "In 2011, the IRGC Qods Force plotted a brazen attack on the Saudi Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C., that was uncovered and thwarted."
"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. "The Iranian regime remains the world's leading state sponsor of terror, spending nearly a billion dollars every year to support terrorism."
"The regime provides funding to a number of terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Kata'ib Hizbollah, al-Ashtar Brigades, and others," the White House said. "These sanctions help cut off revenues the regime uses to fund terrorism, promote global instability, fund nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and enrich its leaders."
Congressional critics of Iran were quick to celebrate the administration's decision.
"I applaud President Trump and his administration for taking the long overdue step of designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization," Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in a statement. "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."
"Today's announcement should be followed by additional measures to do exactly that, as well as to hold the IRGC accountable for the full range of its additional malign and sanctionable activities, including ballistic missile proliferation, participating in Iran's drive for nuclear weapons, the war in Yemen, human rights atrocities, bolstering the murderous Assad regime in Syria, and financing Hezbollah," Cruz said.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also backed the decision, saying the IRGC should not be given a pass to continue its terror operations.
"The IRGC's elite Quds Force was previously designated, but this did not dissuade Iran from using its funding, weapons, and personnel to engage in deadly violence around the world,"McCaul said in a statement. "As we learned last week, Iran was responsible for the deaths of over 600 US service members during the Iraq War."
"This designation ends the façade that the IRGC is part of a normal military," he said. "They behave like a terrorist organization and will now be treated accordingly."
Tit for tat:
In response to Washington's decision to put Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorist list, the Iranian Supreme Security Council declared the US a "terrorist government" while calling the US CENTCOM a terrorist group as well.
Following what it called an "unlawful and unreasonable action" of the US, Tehran officially declared the US "a terrorist government and the US Central Command known as CENTCOM as well as all its affiliates a terrorist group," a statement of the Islamic Republic's Supreme National Security Council headed by President Hassan Rouhani said.
The statement blamed CENTCOM 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. It also specifically mentioned that the US is "involved" in the killing of people in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition wages a brutal military campaign against the Shia Houthi rebels. Washington has long provided intelligence and logistic support to the Saudis, and also sold them weapons as part of arms deals worth billions of dollars.
The US and its allies "have always been advocates of extremist groups and terrorists in the Western Asian region," the council said, adding that Washington has to take responsibility for "the dangerous consequences of its adventures." Earlier on Monday President Donald Trump announced the US decision to designate Iran's elite military unit, the Revolutionary Guards Corps, as a terrorist group.
The Iranian Security Council condemned the move by calling it "an illegal and dangerous action" that poses a "major threat to the regional and international peace and security as well as grossly violates the rules of international law."
(Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon and RT.com)
IN the last six months, 36 people were killed by mobs. In the last five days, eight, including two women, were killed and at least 30 others were injured. Shockingly, many of the victims were intellectually challenged. Mob attacks on people labelling victims "child kidnappers" continue unabated despite several directives ...
AFP, Nagaoka :Sweat pours off Mahiro Takano as the 13-year-old karate black belt trades blows with a grown man almost twice her size, finishing with a blood-curdling roar, then a dainty bow.The petite schoolgirl is used to punching above her weight - since taking up karate in kindergarten she has ...
AP, Vatican City :Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province.The Vatican said Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Francis' top advisers, hand-delivered the letter to Assad during a ...
President Donald Trump on Monday hailed Pakistan's help in advancing peace talks in Afghanistan, a marked shift in tone as the United States seeks an accord with the Taliban to end almost 18 years of war.Speaking from the Oval Office alongside Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump also warned he ...
One of the most influential celebrities of Bollywood Jacqueline Fernandez who is not only a sought after name for her commercially successful films but is also is huge name in the brand circuit. Having recently crossed 30 million followers on instagram, owing to humongous fan following across quarters, Jacqueline Fernandez ...
Entertainment Report :Sonia Hossain once tried to establish her career in different platforms of media like modelling, acting and hosting. Bad temperament, high ambition and self announced talent made her unsuccessful media personality. As a result, her presence in media is not mentionable now. In fact, Sonia was absent from ...
DIFFERENT kinds of waterborne diseases have begun spreading as floodwater started receding across the country. But in the post-flood scenario, many people are suffering from diarrhoea, skin diseases, dysentery, cholera and other waterborne diseases. Officials of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the flood situation may continue improving in ...
Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday, describing the achievement as "an out-of-body experience".In desperately difficult conditions, Lowry's one-over par final round was still more than enough as he finished on 15-under ...
AFP :Britain's leadership contest entered its finale Monday with the favourite Boris Johnson facing more defections from ministers over his Brexit plan.The month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being decided by fewer than 200,000 grassroots members of the governing Conservative Party.The winner will ...
AFP :Ukraine's comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky is set to control an absolute majority in parliament, ushering in a generational shift in the ex-Soviet country's political arena.The 41-year-old became Ukraine's youngest ever post-Soviet leader when he took office two months ago and has promised to stamp out corruption and end a separatist ...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :As an actress, in the beginning of her career, Zakia Bari Mamo got the National Film Award to act in Tauquir Ahmed-directed movie Daruchini Dwip. For this reason, Mamo always respects to Tauquir Ahmed. Now she is a matured actress who always wants to work in challenging ...
MOBS beat to death five people, including two women, and injured 10 others on suspicion of being child kidnappers across the country on Saturday. The incidents happened just a day after three people were beaten by a mob in Thakurgaon. Incidents of mob beating have increased even after the Bridges ...