Washington, Apr 6 : The Trump administration is expected to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization as early as next week, according to a US official. According to the Wall Street Journal, the administration is preparing to announce the move as early as Monday. It would mark the first time the US has designated a branch of the armed forces of a foreign government as a terrorist group.
The US state department declined to comment on the report on Friday evening.
The Wall Street Journal report said that senior Pentagon officials were apprehensive about the move, fearing it could provoke a backlash against US troops in the region.
Iran warned it might put the US military on its terror list in retaliation, a senior Iranian politician said on Saturday, Guardian reported.
“If the Revolutionary Guards are placed on America’s list of terrorist groups, we will put that country’s military on the terror blacklist next to Daesh [Isis],” Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of the Iranian parliament’s national security committee, tweeted.
The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities and people for affiliations with the IRGC, but the organisation as a whole is not.
In 2007, the US Treasury designated the IRGC’s Quds Force, its unit in charge of operations abroad, “for its support of terrorism". The IRGC was set up after the 1979 Islamic revolution. They have roughly 125,000 military personnel including ground, aerospace and naval forces. The IRGC is officially recognized as a component of the Iranian military under Article 150 of the Iranian Constitution.It is separate from, and parallel to, the other arm of Iran's military, which is called Artesh, Persian word for army. (UNI)