Saudi Arabia hails U.S. terror blacklisting of Iran Guard

Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim

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"They wish to plot against our Sepah (the Guard corps).it is in the front line of confronting enemies of our (1979 Islamic) revolution and has always defended the country".

Iran has so far continued to comply with the nuclear deal, but Tehran's clerical rulers have threatened to withdraw from it and to resume the suspended nuclear work if other signatories of the pact fail to protect Iran's interests.

There are more than 150,000 troops in the IRGC, according to the Council of Foreign Relations. Whether current or former IRGC officials will now reduce their travel to Western countries for fear of USA extradition, however, remains to be seen.

In 2009, the Guards' Basij branch - one of five IRGC subgroups- cracked down hard on anti-government demonstrations in the wake of a contested election, helping to secure the position of hardline then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"This mistake will unite Iranians and the Guards will grow more popular in Iran and in the region".

Following the White House designation, Iran state TV called America a "state sponsor of terrorism" and moved to label the United States Central Command, CENTCOM, as a terrorist organization.

They called the IRGC designation an "inappropriate and idiotic action" and accused the US of creating and supporting terror in the Middle East with its military interventions in Iraq and Syria.

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The US has already blacklisted dozens of entities and individuals affiliated with the IRGC, but not the entire force.

Additionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump for the designation. The Quds Force has been the leading arm of the IRGC used to export the Iranian regime's brand of Islamic extremism and to support terrorist groups to that end.

"We have told Iran and America that we do not want Iraq to be a field of conflicts", he added. With the recognition of the IRGC as the terrorist menace it is, will we now see coherent global efforts to eradicate this principal remaining nexus of regional and global terrorism?

As well as the IRGC sending tens of thousands of youths to their futile deaths as "human waves" of cannon fodder against heavy Iraqi artillery during the 1980s war, it remained the primary enforcer of regime control against the Iranian nation.

The president added that the move was meant to "significantly expand the scope and scale" of pressure on Iran. Qais al-Khazali, a longtime strongman in Iraq and head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said January 29 that he expects a vote in the coming months by lawmakers calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, highlighting the the rivalry in Iraq between Iran and the United States.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemed to anticipate the designation, saying in a tweet Sunday aimed at President Donald Trump that Trump 'should know better than to be conned into another U.S. disaster'.

Pro-Israel advocacy group Christians United for Israel (CUFI) commented on the news, saying that "in 2017, we welcomed the Treasury Department's designation of the IRGC for their support of terrorist organizations, and we now welcome the Trump Administration's designation of the IRGC as an FTO". In consistently upending fashion, Trump also gave his emissaries in the Middle East very little time to ponder matters, leaving no guidelines as to how to enforce the designation.

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